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Tetrometroes. Tetris “drawing” project using Manhattan, a GPS phone and Google Maps.

February 16, 2011

During his residency at EyeBeam in NYC,  artist Tim Clark turned the island of Manhattan into his own virtual sketchpad by using a GPS enabled phone and googlemaps to create “drawings” of Tetris shapes on the island simply by walking the streets of the city and recording his movements.    In his own words: “Tetrometroes utilizes the strict road system that makes up Manhattan and uses it as a stage for play, creating the world’s largest Tetris board.   It is a comment on the mundane uniformity that makes up Manhattan. Unlike older cities New York’s main island lacks the intricacy that allows one to get lost and really experience a city. This makes it seem cold and predictable to many.  The name Tetrometroes derives from tetrominoes, the geometric shapes composed of four squares connected orthogonally that make up Tetris pieces.  Drawing extends 720 city blocks and covers 38.18 miles. It was conceived using Google Earth and carried out using a mobile phone GPS.   The city is a playground.

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