Lala Abaddon's poster looks a bit like when your computer is about to crash and the screen goes wild, a combination of images literally weaved together to approach abstraction. And over the next few years, computer glitches will become a more common sight on city streets, as more and more printed advertisements are replaced with digital display screens.
Payphones in NYC are in the midst of the transformation from analog to digital. Little by little, they are being replaced by LinkNYC towers, wifi hotspots that for some reason need to be even taller than pay phones (some of which already have wifi hotspots installed). Oh wait, it's quite clear why the hotspots are designed as giant towers: they are covered with large digital advertising displays. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but we like to think that the computers in those ad displays inevitably have to crash sometimes, and in those moments, maybe they'll finally have something interesting to display.
As for Lala's work, it really is one worth trying to seek out in person, full of little details to get up close to. Lala told us, "The objective I had with this project was to bring some light and happiness to a space that is often ignored, and in some way provide some relief from the monotony of our daily lives." So, get out there and find this wonderful glitch while it lasts. Happy hunting!