Chapel Hill residents can now access public art via their smartphones.
Local artist Parasol B unveiled his piece “Depiction” earlier this month at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe at 431 W. Franklin St.
The piece is a painted QR code that viewers can scan with their smartphones to reveal a map of sites around downtown Chapel Hill.
“To me, mixing media means painting large QR codes that can be scanned with a smartphone to decode additional meaning,” Parasol B said in an email.
Parasol B’s work is part of the “Windows on Chapel Hill” project, which is one of five projects chosen to be part of Chapel Hill’s Downtown Art Program, which unveiled many of its pieces last week.
The program, which drew on feedback from residents and local business owners, aims to enhance Chapel Hill by commissioning diverse art pieces for downtown.
It also includes a recently unveiled art-wrapped bus created by another artist, Mary Carter Taub of Chapel Hill. The bus travels various routes throughout downtown Chapel Hill.
Jeffrey York, public art administrator for Chapel Hill, said the goal of the program is to commission artists to create temporary projects to help champion the downtown area.
The project began last summer when artists were asked to propose public artwork for the downtown area.