Sarah Bristow & Lea Hamilton, Scratch House, ByWard Pedestrian Zone, 11 – 60 George

Sarah Bristow & Lea Hamilton, Scratch House, ByWard Pedestrian Zone, 11 – 60 George

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The work entails the building of a single room that the artists have graffitied beforehand to open a dialogue between public art and bylaws. By creating their own “building”, the artists attempt to bypass the law in regards to property and permits.

“Scratch House” is an installation by artists Sarah Bristow and Lea Hamilton. The work entails the building of a single room that the artists have graffitied beforehand to open a dialogue between public art and bylaws. By creating their own “building”, the artists attempt to bypass the law in regards to property and permits. The graffiti uses both legal text, referencing Graffiti Management By-law No. 2008 – 01, and responsive text to construct this dialogue. This allows for the work itself to become neutral, as the structure is not a piece of property, but a work of public art. Continuing to engage in the essence of public art, “Scratch House” is open to public participation, in which the audience in encouraged to ‘scratch’ their own message.

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