QR Codes & Art for Japan Relief

Recently, we discussed how companies such as Google are helping with relief efforts in Japan by optimizing their technology and offering QR codes. In addition to the corporate realm, artists are beginning to aid in the relief.

Talia Kauk, a student at the Art Institute of Colorado, created the installation at the Denver Art Museum in order to raise social awareness about the natural disasters that occurred in Japan. The installation consisted of 1,000 origami cranes, since cranes are a symbol of goodluck in Japan. The cranes were anchored by folded paper boxes that had hand printed QR codes that directed smartphone users to the Red Cross website, where they could donate to the relief efforts in Japan. The tags also gave instructions for texting for those without smartphones.

Although the installation was only up for a short time before being taken down by museum security, those who saw it were inspired by its beauty, symbolism and technology. Do you think the exhibit should have been taken down? Let us know what you think by commenting here, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.