Years ago, prior to their total marketing ubiquitousness, I created a bunch of vinyl stickers of oversized QR codes as a street art project. My first, and so far only, flirtation with the medium was short-lived but fun.
Each large code, when scanned, would provide the viewer with either:
- A quote about technology or futurism from a famous science fiction author, such as William Gibson’s classic “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”
- A meta-referential street art phrase like ‘POST NO BILLS’ or ‘MADE WITH ANTI-GRAFFITI COATING’
The smaller code in the lower right, visible in some of the photos, was a simple signature block.
I had a friend who worked in a print shop make them for me cheaply, figuring that vinyl stickers would make for easier removal without damaging the property underneath. Instead of where I originally planned to place them, I wound up placing most over advertising posters on construction sites and abandoned buildings around town. Kinda made that pointless, but whatever.
I really like street art.