Have a question for your fellow citizens and wonder how they'd react? We made an art installation for just that! "Vote With Your Feet" is a public installation that asks questions for citizens, and get answers from citizens.

Two doorways stand in the middle of the sidewalk, with a question displayed on a sign above them. Each door stands for an answer. The installation counts the number of people that walk through each door. Once you walk through the door, you can see the results on the door, and online at VoteWithYourFeet.org

The installation was live on Market St during Market Street Prototyping Festival (http://marketstreetprototyping.org/) and had more than ten thousand votes in 3 days. We were excited to see what San Francisco thinks. We're also fascinated if you duplicate them in your city and test it out, so we can compare notes!

The project composes of three major parts:

I. The construction of the door

II. The control of the flipdot display


III. The data logging and visualization


We will focus on Part I in this instructable.

Step 1: Planning

I designed the entire structure on Fusion 360. The design can be viewed and downloaded here http://a360.co/2eyGxnz

Your design will entirely depend on the tools you have at hand, and the budget and esthetics.

At Pier 9 workshop (http://www.autodesk.com/pier-9) , I have the luxury to use the following :

  1. OMAX Waterjet (http://www.autodesk.com/pier-9/workshop/machines-tools/cnc#omax-waterjet)
  2. Shopbot full-size PRSalpha (http://www.shopbottools.com/mProducts/prSalpha.htm)
  3. Millermatic 252 Mig Welder (
  4. Bridgeport Series I Standard knee mill (http://www.autodesk.com/pier-9/workshop/machines-t...

  5. Roland Versacamm Wide Format Printer (https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-use-VersaCA...

  6. Spray booth

  7. Epilog laser cutter (https://www.epiloglaser.com/products/legend-laser-...

  8. Electronics lab (https://www.instructables.com/id/Pier-9-Machine-Cat...

  9. drill press (http://www.deltamachinery.com/products/drilling-bo...

  10. sander (http://www.powermatic.com/Products.aspx?Part=17912...

Given the machines available, here is my material list:

  1. Aluminum Sheet 4'x6'x1/2"
  2. Steal Sheet 2' x 1' x 1/4"
  3. Square Steel Tube 3"x3"x6' (2 tubes)

  4. Plywood 4'x8'x3/4"
  5. Acrylic sheet 1/8"x2'x3'
  6. Nuts and bolts.
<p>More noteworthy were all the people going AROUND it as opposed to going through one side or the other. All those people were not counted, but likely compose the majority...which is just how it is on the grander scale.</p>
<p>absolutely! </p>
<p>good point!</p>
<p>mmm no so sabia se mira bien!!</p>
<p>Cool. Great gifs. Pretty sure I would concuss myself if I tried to walk through it though...</p>
<p>This is so cool! Unfortunately for me, I live in an area that is shy of such neat installations, however temporary. Neat stuff!</p>
<p>Good fun! nice concept....now... how to prevent voter fraud ( walking in circles) hmmm....</p>
<p>Thats new</p>
I wouldn't trust Florida with this. Haha
<p>Can we leave voting to the ballot box. Pointless and invading my safe space.</p>
<p>Very good idea ! But I thought people already voted with their feet.</p>
<p>This is a really cool way of gathering information! It takes no extra time, but you get to record valuable information! Awesome idea!</p>
<p>Absolutely brilliant! You could collect a lot of interesting data with a system like this.</p>
<p>Wow I love stuff like this! Good work.</p>

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