Drawing a large-scale chart directly on the ground, we encouraged the public to physically interact with the NYCOpenData.  Performing data visualizations in a public space, we invite free play where people can interact and activate the data in un-prescribed ways.  Set up outside of Tompkins Square Park on Avenue B,  we brought a variety of props from ‘Shadow Tag’ for street play.  We also created a new large ball graph that visualized attendance counts over the course of the  pandemic year in the playgrounds closest to our location.  Despite the cold March day and the on-going pandemic precautions we enjoyed watching kids activate the data in surprising ways! 

Park Amenities by Borough, Spray Chalk March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Park Amenities by Borough, Spray Chalk March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Stackable Bar Charts, Dog Bites by Borough, Outperformers March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Stackable Bar Charts, Dog Bites by Borough, Out-Performers, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]

Live Data Graphing with Hoang Pham, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Live Data Graphing with Hoang Pham, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
OpenStreets freeplay, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
OpenStreets Free Play, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Park amenities by Borough, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Park amenities by Borough, Spray Chalk Graphics,  March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Video Props on display, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
‘Shadow Tag,’ Video Props on display, March 6, 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]
Explaining the new ball chart graphing playground attendance in playgrounds closest to Tompkins Square Park, March 6 2021. [Photo by Zahra Mirmalek]