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Urban Artifacts: Phase 1

Woodside 61st street station- Creative utensil which could’ve been re-used with purchase of lead. What a waste of creative usage.

Woodside 61st street station- Another re-usable item (Metro Card) discarded in the wrong place by a irresponsible citizen.

Woodside 60th street- Recyclable item (Plastic Bottle) discarded in the wrong place once again by another litterbug.

In thisĀ Urban Archeology Walk I found out there are many irresponsible citizens who misuse everyday items. Two of the objects I found are geometrically shaped which is clearly the metro card and the pencil. The plastic bottle had certain curves and circular edges which makes that object an organic shape.

These objects came from irresponsible citizens who don’t know how to recycle or are unaware of where things belong. These misplaced items have their own distinctive usage which makes them quite different. The only similarity they have between one another is their plastic and smooth texture and their irresponsible owner.

Hour(s) spent: 1.5




Urban Artifacts: Phase 3


The two pictures below were created by a dead bird, rock and scraps of metal. Now it was quite difficult figuring out how i would use these images and transform them in to ambiguous and stable drawings. But as you can see below I was able to work it out. Now it was easy making the images but what made it frustrating was tracing them on bristol. But it was a good experience because this project made me think and see how far my imagination can go to put what I see in my mind on paper.

Urban Artifacts Phase #4: Deliver

I learned a lot about patience, and also about how to be comfortable with using new things. I also used a lot of imagination and creativity. For my upcoming projects i will keep working harder and harder to make my technique better and better. Ā I now have experience with the materials, and know how to keep myself from smudging my artwork. In the end i was successful in trying my best to meet all of the projects requirements, showing figure and ground in an ambiguous and stable piece using the artifacts.


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Urban Artifacts Phase #3: Develop




Rush Hour in NYC

I tried to make this as perfect as i could in my eyes. Honestly is was my first time using these markers and all these materials.Ā It took me about two days to finish both pieces.I made a couple of mistakes at first, which drove me to restart over and over, but this was my final product.

Urban Artifacts: Phase 4

I have learned a lot from this project. It has definitely helped me to better understand better figure/ground relationships in my art and helped me to get a better understanding of how obvious and abstract figure ground relationships look. If there are some things I could have done differently, it would have been to not forget my project the day it was due and plan ahead, like making thumbnails of what i wanted to draw, before nose-diving into making a full sketch of my piece in the drafting part of the project. One thing I would use from this project in my next one would be planning ahead better so I can make something more pleasing to the eye.

Urban Artifacts: Phase 4

What I learn throughout this project is the meaning of the word ambiguous. Ambiguous means having an unclear or inexact interpretation. What I would have done better is pick different artifacts, I think it would have been more interesting than the original image in phase 1.Ā  In this project, I learn to take time processing a phase, such as phase 2 where I changeĀ one of my ambiguous photo and added on to it, which I did in phase 3,Ā and take others advice.

Phase 1: DiscoverĀ / Phase 2: DefineĀ / Phase 3: Develop


Urban Artifacts: Phase 3




For the inking part of my project I noticed that placing my inked work in a way that would please the eye on my paper was difficult because what I focus on would be different from what would catch the eye of other people. What I did find enjoyable was being able to turn my photos into obvious and abstract figure ground by photoshopping, drafting, sketching and finally inking.

Urban Artifacts: Phase 3

Phase 3 can be related to Phase 2 by shows a before and after composition. For instance, adding on to an image, reposition, and editingĀ the image. We look at our image if it is reallyĀ ambiguous or stable. This took about two and a half hours.

ambigous compositionobvious composition

Urban Artifacts: Phase 1

Dead Bird- 330 Jay St

Dead Bird- 330 Jay St


gum and leaves


crumpled paper


New York City is known to be as the “city that never sleeps”. Therefore, due to the constant movement of people, no matter the time, trash can be located about anywhere. Fast paced individuals tend to throw garbage on the floor simply because of not having “enough time” to be strayed away from their plans. During my walk along Jay St, I stumbled across a few “urban artifacts” as portrayed in the images above. You tend to wonder ,” how did this get here?”


My first observation was the dead pigeon located next to a tree. I began to question what occurred to cause the death of the pigeon.Ā I concluded that it may have been harmed which lead the pigeon to simply accept the idea of not being able to heal properly. Maybe, I’m wrong but those were my conclusions.


In my second image, I captured leaves and gum stains on the ground. Gum is always spit out onto the ground but i often wonder if it would be better if people were to spit the gum into a napkin and throw it away instead of spitting it onto the floor.


in my last image, I shot a crumpled piece of paper found on the floor. I began to question what the paper had on it that made it unimportant. I began to think maybe it was a receipt from the stores that were located a few feet away. You can never know for sure, therefore all of these thoughts and scenarios are just assumptions.

Urban Artifacts: Phase 2



Work time: 2 Hours


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