While New York City may have fierce Scottish actresses very napping inside of very publicly displayed boxes, Mexico City offers a brand of interactive art that's a touch more marketing-related: Artists living inside of rooftop billboards positioned above highly trafficked intersections.
When she wasn't working, the illustrator-turned-muralist resided in a corrugated plastic and steel frame home that used the billboard itself as the primary structural wall. Designed by local architect Julio Gomez Trevilla, the modest dwelling used lightweight modules and industrial materials to weave seamlessly with the architectonic makeup of the city center. The billboard itself was fitted with an ample walkway so as to make the platform workspace as comfortable as possible. For thermal control, a slatted wooden roof was offset from the primary orthogonal form so as to provide shade and an pleasant upper deck. A retractable bed and wheeled furniture optimized flexibility and movement, while almost all spaces served a dual purpose. A small tower contained the bathroom which doubled as a shower, while the closet became a dresser. Above the small desk and workspace was a horizontal window that could open to the billboard front thereby allowing the artist to afford views of her living space through her painting. Of living in her work, the artist said: They were 10 amazing days that I'll never forget. If you ever have the opportunity to live in a billboard, take it.
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