Slava Balasanov

The Digit

The Digit is a virtual sculpture of George Washington's index digit located in Union Square, NYC. It can be viewed with a custom iPhone app available at the App Store.


The Digit responds to two public art works located in Union Square - the statue of George Washington (the first public sculpture in New York since the statue of King George III) and Metronome - a recent installation about time that occupies 3 building facades just south of the square. Incidentally, Metronome includes an enlarged replica of GW statue’s hand (just above the smoking hole). The Digit follows this trajectory by isolating the index digit of George Washington and appropriating it as an emblem of the digital condition.