Do you feel anxious and unsafe crossing the streets of New York City? How many times have you turned your bike into a puddle to avoid pedestrians? Are you constantly on high alert on the road to avoid bikers, pedestrians, or other drivers while driving? Pedestrians, bikers and drivers are stressed on the busy road. Are we safe from traffic accidents?
Slow Down is a physical data installation that visualizes the location of traffic crash fatalities of pedestrians, bike riders, and drivers in New York City(NYC) occurred from 2010 to 2017. Slow Down was selected by organizers of exhibition and exhibited at Data Through Design exhibition during 2018 NYC Open Data Week in March. The project maps yearly data in each of 8 acrylic panels, leverages transparent materiality and its fluorescent colors, and through cascading layer, it creates a three dimensional object with powerful visual. Design and construction of the project draw viewers’ attention to visually striking form and better engage with viewers’ visual sense.
According to the data set, more than thousands of lives have been taken away from traffic crash over the past 8 years in streets, the largest and busiest infrastructure of New York City. From own personal experience as an urban dwellers, walking the crowded and busy New York City streets occupied by pedestrians, bike riders, and cars may often cause anxiety and fear. Evidently, NYC Open Data confirms fatalities and injuries by traffic crash occur everyday and with more than 200 fatalities and 50,000 injuries total every year. The goal of Slow Down was to inform public through an art & design projects using an open data set from NYC government, to bring awareness about road and transportation safety issues and hope to reduce accidents by slowing down the pace and making safer choices. This Installation is also dedicated as a memorial piece to those thousand of lives lost and their families.