Ever wish you could play your favorite board games in person, Jumanji-style? Based on these new installations set up in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, you can certainly toss the dice and hop around the blocks to find all the life-sized Monopoly pieces spread across town.
Organized by an artist (or artists) simply known as Bored, the life-sized edition of Monopoly features cement squares painted to look like a spot on the board game, complete with a few houses and priced at Best Offer. Of course, the name of the card reflects the street it’s on since Albany Avenue doesn’t actually exist in the original game. Pedestrians can also walk around and find Community Chest and Chance cards that reveal several real-world messages, such as a marriage proposal and a Go To Jail card for “public douchebaggery.”
The cards, made of plywood and bolted to the sidewalk, are all part of the artist’s intention who says the inspiration comes from when people used to play Monopoly simply because they were bored. The choice to make a 3D installation is also to prevent others from destroying public art.
“The goal of this entire project has been to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall,” Bored explains to art and design site Colossal. “Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.”
Just in time for summer, the life-sized Monopoly pieces bring back a feeling of childhood nostalgia combined with adult relevance. The Community Chest card that reads “Error on bar tab: Collect $20” would certainly be an awesome way to cap off a hot summer day. According to the Reddit community, these life-sized cards are also frequently painted over to reveal new messages so people can always come back and check up on the installation to see if any new Chances have occurred. If board games are you and your significant other’s favorite pastime, this certainly is an adorable way to be proposed to in a memorable and grand scale fashion.
No words on how long the installation will last in Chicago, so if you happen to be in the area, be sure to snap some pictures before they’re gone. Visit Colossal for additional photos of the quirky street art.
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