Taking on the appearance of a Zen garden, our sand box receives tweets and draws them in the sand. A concealed, custom made x, y plotter and arduino pair - which both rest beneath the sand’s surface - act together to actualize the user\'s tweet instructions into sand drawings.
The idea is to create a temporary physical manifestation of casual digital communication. We’ve chosen sand as a medium to reference ephemeral messaging of the past; drawing, mapping, or mark making in the sand.
As a team we have been interested in representing virtual acts in the physical world. We were interested in making something move remotely and the metaphoric properties of sand - including temporality and the passage of time spoke to us. Infinite grains of sand, infinite pixels, endless doodles, never ending tweets... We found something artistically complementary about drawing in a the sand via tweets. Quirky yes, fun, certainly.