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An interactive installation that celebrates your story. Come draw your neighborhood to life at our first event! #vivalascratchbox
87 backers pledged $20,081 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello everyone!

We have secured First Street Green for our first FREE Scratchbox event featuring the full wall on August 16 & 17!

We are busy working to develop a prompt for the event and talking to local fabricators to help us build the boxes and base. 

Thanks for all the support and continue to help us by donating and sharing our Kickstarter page! With your help we can truly bring Scratchbox to life.  

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Thank you to everyone that came out to Union Square on Saturday! We will be at Madison Square Park June 24 6-10pm. Come by and check out the Scratchbottles!

Photos from Union Square
Photos from Union Square
Scratchbottles from Union Square
Scratchbottles from Union Square
Scratchbox at Pier 62 in Chelsea*
Scratchbox at Pier 62 in Chelsea*

The Scratchbox is a canvas for you to record your thoughts, dreams and inspirations alongside friends, family and neighbors - a new and exciting way to capture the vibrancy of a community. In a city as diverse as New York, we see the Scratchbox as an opportunity to collect the stories told by every one of you.

As an object, the Scratchbox is a translucent box lit from within and coated with a special removable paint. You can then scratch this paint away to produce drawings and messages. The more you scratch, the brighter the box shines! 

Scratchbox assembly
Scratchbox assembly

We plan to build 2 Scratchbox walls, each composed of 16 stacked boxes. Currently, we only have one prototype and we need your help to build the other 31 boxes!

With your contribution, we will build the walls, host the first event, and develop the Scratchbox Project to be an ongoing and recurring experience that will be brought to communities throughout New York City. 

Starting small, but thinking big!**
Starting small, but thinking big!**

This first event will be hosted in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in late July. But, we want the Scratchbox Project to be an ongoing and cyclical experience. With your support, we plan to move forward to visit many more neighborhoods and communities within New York City, and potentially other cities as well. Come to see how you can be a part of your neighborhood’s identity through a fun and engaging process!

Scratchbox at Washington Square Park*
Scratchbox at Washington Square Park*

The Scratchbox began as a temporary installation that was part of the Lowline’s Young Designers Program Exhibition. During the showcase, we were met with an incredible response to the project. From the excitement of the kids to the crafted ideas of the adults, the Scratchbox became equally filled with great energy and creativity.

The accumulation of drawings materialized the conversations happening between individuals, revealing how the Scratchbox was able to bring a community together while documenting current social trends. By the end, we were eager to explore how we could refine the design into an enduring part of the community which would reach a larger audience.

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Scratchbox at the Lowline Young Designers Program Exhibition 

The Scratchbox is now a more compact structure that allows for mobility and accessibility. The new design consists of two 8’ x 8’ walls made up of 16 stacked boxes.

By traveling throughout New York City to host events in many different neighborhoods, the Scratchbox Project will collect your stories and share them with others. With each mark you make, the Scratchbox will grow brighter and brighter, illuminating your neighborhood like a lantern.

Because every event is localized, the Scratchbox will adapt to the culture of each particular neighborhood. Imagine getting to know your neighbors through the messages they leave behind, while helping tell the story of your community with your own voice! 

Scratchbox dimensions
Scratchbox dimensions

At our first Scratchbox event, a local artist will be invited to help start telling the story of the neighborhood through their drawings. That’s where you come in! Come join us to add, edit, and cultivate the story of your community together. Each Scratchbox event will be photographed and featured on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine, so your voice can be shared with others.

Browse through past events online
Browse through past events online
Scratchbox on the Highline*
Scratchbox on the Highline*

The Scratchbox Project promotes positive values and provides a variety of benefits:

  • Naturally encourages community engagement 
  • Provides an easy yet informative platform for communication
  • Unites people regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or interest
  • Embraces everyone's unique point of view and supports creativity
  • Strengthens and promotes rich neighborhood culture

By pledging, you will be helping with every part of the Scratchbox Project, from constructing the boxes to setting up the event space. We only use top quality materials that are non-toxic, reclaimed, locally sourced, and child-friendly. 

Scratchbox budget
Scratchbox budget
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The Scratchbox Lamp with a potential design from the event
The Scratchbox Lamp with a potential design from the event
Scratchbox timeline
Scratchbox timeline

 What happens after we reach our goal?

If we surpass our goal, extra funds could mean bigger Scratchboxes and more cities (a Scratchbox pavilion?). The possibilities are endless, and we hope to have the opportunity to explore them!

Also, if we reach $30,000, we'll throw an awesome party for everyone involved in making the Scratchbox a reality, featuring a prototype for the next generation of Scratchbox (Scratchbox 2.0!)

The Scratchbox Project Team says Hi! (L-R: Yvonne Chang, Ben Jones, Jae Lee, Caio Barboza, and Nat Kwee)
The Scratchbox Project Team says Hi! (L-R: Yvonne Chang, Ben Jones, Jae Lee, Caio Barboza, and Nat Kwee)

*All renderings portray potential locations.

**Top two maps of the diagrams are works of Jenny Beorkrem and the bottom right map is the work of Michael Tompsett

Risks and challenges

Due to the scale of the project and the number of people who will be interacting with it, safety is of the utmost importance. More effort has been put into designing a structural system that will ensure the Scratchbox is able to withstand tons of people having fun drawing on the walls.

Each Scratch Box is fabricated by a professional plexiglass facility, and has to undergo rigorous prototyping to ensure all structural issues are addressed.

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    Scratch and win! Get a "lotto" ticket and stand a chance to win your own Scratchbox swag, the ultimate prize being a Scratchbox (2'x2' unit)! Plus your name on our website.

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    Scratchbox Kit! Receive our awesome tote bag including: 1 "lotto" ticket and a special Scratch Stick to use at the event! Plus your name on our website.

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    Ultimate Swag Bag! Have your name prominently featured on the Scratchbox wall for all to see at our event. Receive our awesome tote bag, a limited edition Scratchbox print, 2 "lotto" tickets, and a special Scratch Stick to use at the event! Plus your name on our website.

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    Tailored Fun! Have your name prominently featured on the Scratchbox wall at our event alongside a customized drawing of your choice (1.5"x1.5"). You will receive the original drawing by the artist on a thank you card signed by the team. All this along with our awesome tote bag, a limited edition Scratchbox print, 2 "lotto" tickets, and a special Scratch Stick to use at the event! Plus your name on our website.

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    The whole 9 yards! At our first event, have your own Scratchbox real estate (2'x2' surface of the Scratchbox) dedicated to you or anyone you know to draw on. If you can't make it, tell us whatever you'd like to have drawn: messages, pictures, anything you can think of. Our featured artist will work their magic to transform your box into a true work of art, forever immortalized in the form of a framed print that will be sent to you. Plus the tote bag, Scratchbox print, Scratch Stick, and your name on our website.

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    The Ultimate! (Quite literally). You get to keep one FULL Scratchbox wall (8'x8', 16 boxes) from the first event with all the original drawings forever sealed. You will also receive a personal thank you card drawn by the artist and have your name featured prominently on our website and all forms of social media.

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    Light it up! Be the proud owner of the Scratchbox Lamp. Celebrate the neighborhoods of New York City from the comfort of your own home! You tell us what you would like to see on the Scratchbox and the artist will interpret that into their drawing. We will then transform your drawing along with some of the others from the event into an awesome lamp! Also, your name will be featured on our website.

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    The Collector! You get to keep one Scratchbox (2'x2') from the first event with all the original drawings forever sealed. You will also receive a personal thank you card drawn by the artist and have your name featured in bold on all our website and social media.

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