Most of the time, we barely notice the lamp posts, bollards and road signs around us. They're street clutter that barely registers in our brain as we go about our busy lives. But Oddviz, an art and design collective from Istanbul, looks at them differently. The group sees this 'street furniture' as important culture capsules that evolve as they corrode or get covered in posters, stickers and graffiti. Society doesn't protect them, though, like an iconic landmark. So Oddviz has started documenting them -- a form of digital preservation -- using a 3D modeling technique called photogrammetry.
The result is a series of surreal collages called 'Inventory. The team started in its local neighborhood of Kadikoy, capturing images of bollards, statues and dilapidated cars. It then moved onto Manhattan, snapping over 400 objects including fire hydrants, statues and utility poles. The team then took these photographs -- each object required many images from multiple angles -- and ran them through a piece of software called Agisoft PhotoScan. The application is able to analyze the images, deduce measurements, and finally produce digital objects with corresponding texture files. Oddviz then assembled the objects in ways that fitted each location; Istanbul is chaotic, while New York uses a grid-like layout.