QR Code Murals Turn The East Village Into A Giant Scavenger Hunt [Pics]

QR Code Murals Turn The East Village Into A Giant Scavenger Hunt [Pics]

New street art project is the perfect combination of art and technology.

Lara Piras
  • 7 august 2013

Art collective Free Art Society are currently occupying abandoned doorways all over New York City’s East Village with mysterious yet beautiful hand-painted murals.

The paintings are accompanied by QR codes as part of the interactive 13 Portals project that combines street art, technology, urban space and community. Each code leads the player to a clue or adventure that needs to be completed in order to pass through to the next portal. Once passed, the winning keys will unlock the doorway to a ‘theatrical happening’ which could mean a many number of things considering the team’s out-there reputation.


In the past, Free Art Society have performed some of the most original and exciting projects such as a guerrilla Mad Hatter Tea Party and founder Nicolina Johnson recently invited 60 artists from around the world to congregate and paint the rooftops of 58 fishing boats in the historic harbor Quadra da Urca, in Rio de Janeiro. Her aim as she explains is ‘to explore the degree to which art in public places can affect the community that owns it.’

Click through the gallery below for further imagery and join the 13 Portals game here.

13 Portals project


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