Board are we?

Sometime in early July anonymous art collective Bored quietly planted pieces of a life-sized version of Monopoly in the Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.The installation is comprised of painted plywood dice, playing cards, houses, and spray-painted sidewalks made to mimic the classic board game. 

Frequent onlookers have discovered that the messages on the Change and Community Chest cards are constantly changing, displaying snarky or cryptic text. Quips like “Go to jail for public douchebaggery” or “Carissa, will you marry me?" keep the project entertaining, while residents can only wonder what’ll pop up next.

The person (or group) called Bored chooses to remain anonymous but through their public art they express their dissatisfaction at the lack of quality street art around Chicago. Saying specifically that “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.

With a downright embarrassing hand-eye coordination, this on-road-monopoly would have been the best solution for my outdoor'sy' phobia. I really wish I was a kid and could hopscotch on this board. 

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