An anonymous New York City artist has been using discarded materials to hack urban infrastructure into playful and practical installations. Whether it be impromptu scrapwood seating added to bike racks or tarp hammocks strung from construction fencing, the guerrilla artist’s Rotten Apple project has been surprising and delighting passersby. Made up of simple recycled materials, the unexpected masterpieces are little doses of fun integrated right onto city streets.
Rotten Apple now includes over twenty installations, each intended to spark the attention of passersby. For example, a folding seat made from scrapwood and metal creates a perfect perching place at a bike rack. In an interview with Fast Company, the artist said he/she was inspired to start the project after “walking around and seeing people really checked out in the city on their commutes, and this was a way to activate those spaces and have them engaged a little more.”
The artist does not give away anything about their identity, but does give us a peek into the mission of Rotten Apple. The project website quotes Victor Papenek saying that “design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical in the truest sense.” By hiding the work in plain sight, the artist maximizes its subversive impact.
via Fast Company