Wish we had a before photo of this week's installation. Few pieces this year have been more of an extreme change from a harmful ad to the gift of art. To install Louise Chen aka Ouizi's flowers, we removed an ad for teeth straightening. Because apparently we all need fancy cosmetic surgery now... Screw that.
Ouizi says, "Rather than stopping to smell a flower, would you prefer to peer into it's soul? One of the reasons I make my art public is that it seems to give people a sense of pride and security in their surroundings. This project in particular does this by making an extra-ordinary space feel extraordinary."
Hopefully she's right. At least for a few days, that space is something a bit extraordinary. It doesn't harm, and it's even something to enjoy. But it's only the briefest manifestation of a daydream, unless we all push for something like it to be permanent. Our intervention will be removed in a couple of days. Soon enough after that, the phone booth will be torn out and replaced by a digital ad display, something we can't hack into or disrupt.
But for a fleeting moment, please enjoy something beautiful.