Picture of Graffiti Jumble
Street wall installation for creating interactive murals that can be built up and scrambled over time.

Components of the Graffiti Jumble

Grid: The grid of squares are made up of equally sized pieces of wood with magnets attached on one side and a flat surface on the other. The surface provides a blank, movable palette for art to build up over time. Once the surface is painted, pasted or stickered with something, the squares can be rearranged to produce a new canvas. The next person to add to the surface can change his or her palette, while providing a new background for the next artist to tag.

Frame: The frame sets the boundaries of the grid and prevents the magnetic squares from sliding down the wall's surface. (Even strong magnets slide easily.) The frame will be bolted or screwed to the wall.

Magnetic Surface: A magnetic paint undercoat provides the surface to which the magnetic squares will stick. Since large iron structures are rare in most urban areas, any surface can be made magnetic with the use of magnetic paint. Once you choose your location, you will have to paint the surface 3-4 times before attaching your frame and squares on top of it.
Small Sun6 years ago
there's a wonderful well known Australian artist Rosalie Gasgoyne who has been doing this with old roadsigns since the 70's - these days roadwork signs are made with core-flute board and very light & easy to cut straight. The fluro & black lettering look wild when jumbled. Grab some one night and give it a try !
wow, very creative. i really like.
thats kool..never tryed it but it looks like people can have alot of fun doign that...
bmsinc9 years ago
this is kind of weird...i did something VERY similar to this a few years back as an undergraduate Media Arts student @ suny fredonia...check the link


never met these cats in my life! Funny how people that never met can have the same idea....maybe I smell a future collaboration?

man that is so fun! I was just playing with that for an our just tryin' to complete all the differant pics.
hethlee8 years ago
wow I really liket this I aggree with Gunnar when he said that it's much nicer than those that hang up a role of paper with sharpies hanging from it.
montesol9 years ago
something you could do with more woodworking skills, which I don't have, would be to make the pieces with a tongue and groove sliding mechanism like the number order puzzles you can get. This way it'd be possible to put it in an even more public space without worry of the tiles falling out or being stolen. Did I use "tongue and groove" correctly? My mama ran away with Norm Abram and his dado machine.
iminentdisaster (author)  montesol9 years ago
I thought about that construction, because those puzzle games are what the project is based on. But I was afraid that the weight of the pieces would cause the whole thing to bow at such a large scale.
tongue and groove would be hard to get right, I would think that friction from the wood grain would make it frustrating to slide. One idea I'm toying with my wax transfer to wood project is to make something like this but cut it up in to jigsaw pieces. This is cool though, I like it - well done
Gunnar9 years ago
It is very creative and looks way nicer than those sharpie tags.I wish every graffiti artist were as creative as you.