Life-Sized Monopoly Pieces Appear on Chicago’s Streets

It’s always exciting to find new artworks in public areas, especially those that transform the space and add a bit of humor. In Chicago’s Logan Square, passersby can enjoy the subtle additions of Monopoly-inspired sculptures strewn about as though pedestrians are part of the life-sized board game. Christopher Jobson over at Colossal came across these fun works that not only caught his eye because of its familiarity but also intrigued him enough to hunt down the artist(s) behind them.

Jobson’s research and digging has unveiled that the artist is simply known as Bored. It’s a fitting title for the creative responsible for the board game, which consequently is a traditional game played to keep from being bored. I wonder if the play on words with “board” and “bored” is intentional. There’s still a lot of mystery that surrounds this street artist (or group). It remains unclear as to whether the pieces are the works of one person or an artist collective because Bored values its anonymity.

In an email with Jobson, Bored explains the purpose of the works: “the goal of this entire project has been to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall. Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.” It’s refreshing to know that Bored exists to keep the masses entertained.

Bored website
via [Colossal, The Atlantic]

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