We’ve seen people temporarily take up residence in some strange places for the sake of art and science—caves, trees, store windows—but this is the first time we’ve seen someone live inside a billboard.
In the heart of Mexico City, artist Cecilia Beaven recently camped out inside a specially designed billboard for 10 days. The reason? To take requests via Twitter for things to draw on the blank canvas. Her dwelling itself is just as fascinating as the billboard itself. Modular furniture on wheels allowed for optimal utilization of the small space, which also included a tiny sink and refrigerator, a hot pad and a small bathroom that doubled as the shower space.
Every morning, Beaven woke up and sorted through the tweets she received and decided what she would draw. It started with one red bird followed by an elaborate sky scene, incorporating some of the most fanciful of requests including a bike-riding grasshopper and an Inception-esque book within a book within a book.
People gathered to watch the artist paint. She had musicians, comedians and other artists join her in the artistic collaboration.
The project was funded by several marketing and ad agencies and is simply being called “Billboard House.”
See a gallery of photos of the project below, and watch a video of the process (Yes, it’s in Spanish, but you’ll still see some great shots of the billboard and the process). The photos come from Julio Gomez Trevilla’s blog.