Urban Sight Block Project
The Urban Sight Block Project (USBP) encourages users to block things that they do not wish to see by asking the question “What does your utopia look like?” It engages people with an interactive public sculpture allowing them to choose how they, and others around them see space. By physically moving different Sight Blocks users frame, hide, or expose things in their physical environment, as well as what and who they see near by. What one user views as ugly another will see as essential, and in attempting to expose these insights an urban dialogue will take place. The sculpture can be constructed in various colors, heights and widths to make the maximum number of options available. This flexibility in scale and form allows USBP to be easily situated throughout cities. An Urban Sight Block could exist both in a public park and in a busy downtown corridor with the only requirement being that it needs to be located somewhere frequently accessed and where citizens can walk right up to become engaged.
The USBP is meant to produce subtle changes in urban form. It is intended to be playful, and provide opportunities for discussion. It is an utopian visioning activity that quickly and easily allows residents to become artists.