Play Life-Sized Monopoly On The Streets Of Chicago [Pics]

Play Life-Sized Monopoly On The Streets Of Chicago [Pics]

Public art turns into an interactive, ever-changing giant version of a classic board game.

Allie Walker
  • 5 july 2012

A group of anonymous artists known by ‘Bored‘ have created a life-size version of Monopoly using the streets of Chicago as their giant game board. Sidewalk blocks are painted to mirror the various properties in the classic game board (renamed for Chicago streets), while various pieces of the game- the Chance and Community Chest Cards, six-sided die, and houses and hotels dot the city.

The Chance and Community Chest Cards, painted yellow to match the game version, are made of plywood and are printed with obscure and comical messages- ‘Go To Jail for Public Doubucery’ is printed on one while another reads ‘Carissa, Will You Marry Me? If yes, advance one block south to nearest church.’ The messages on the cards are periodically changed, keeping the ‘game’ interesting and interactive.

Bored says of the game,

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. 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.

Scroll through pictures of the ‘game’ below. Our only question is–in the real game of Monopoly, there are 22 streets and 32 houses and 12 hotels up for grabs- will Bored eventually recreate the entire game on Chicago streets, or have residents just not stumbled across all of the ‘game’ pieces?

Click through the images below to see more of the life-sized game pieces:


(images and quote via Colossal)


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