Replacing Billboards with Trees...Sort Of

Artist Stephen Glassman and a team of engineers and planners have developed a plan for transforming L.A.'s ubiquitous billboards into floating, globally connected urban forests. All that's needed for the first prototype are a few generous strangers.
November 6, 2012, 9am PST | Michael Newton
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"Urban air transforms existing urban billboards to living, suspended bamboo gardens. Embedded with intelligent technology, Urban Air becomes a global node - an open space in the urban skyline," artist/installationist Stephen Glassman posits on his studio's website.

Los Angeles Curbed's Adrian Glick Kudler informs: "Eventually they hope to turn Urban Air into a "kit" that can transform any standard billboard. The project is all ready to go and now has a Kickstarter to raise funds for the first billboard."

Glassman's studio hopes to launch the first installation next year. But, Glassman notes, " doesn't stop there. Upon successful launch, the steel and wood billboards will become the infrastructure of urban sustainability in cities around the globe – actively, publicly, and collectively generating a green global future." What ever happened to just planting trees in communities lacking them?


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Published on Friday, November 2, 2012 in Curbed LA
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