Crowdfunding Finds a Creative Outlet

Urban Air on KickstarterStephen Glassman’s idea for an art installation was an ambitious one: Transform a billboard above one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles into a living bamboo forest, surrounded by a cloud of mist and augmented with air-quality monitors and Wi-Fi.

Finding an appropriate site was only the beginning: Using the billboard required a permit, a crane to remove the existing commercial infrastructure, a welder, a plumber, a lawyer, a substantial amount of bamboo, water misters, technologists to set up monitors for air quality and Internet access. It would all come at a significant financial cost, and crucial pieces were missing.

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