A river running through Taipei with a rich culture on its banks was rerouted. The urban area that sprung up as a result bears few, fading reminders of the local river life.
This is a proposed public art installation in the Dazhi district of Taipei, along a road where the Keelung River once ran before it was moved for flood planning purposes. We (a team of designers, architects and urban planners from MIT and SCU) prototyped this using blue and UV paints and electronics to modify road signage in shifting, playful reminders of life along the old river. QR stickers were encoded with poetic and cryptic messages (decodable by common cameraphones) and placed in locations to encourage residents to find nearby pieces and learn more about local history.