On the flyers I encouraged users to post images of what they see today with the hashtag #pctimemachine. In five days the codes generated 23 scans, one Twitter post and 23 Instagram uploads.
On Monday I received an email from the Park City Code Enforcement Liaison informing me of the city code regulating signs in public places. They had confiscated my signs effectively ending my project. I knew from the outset this was a possibility, but I liked the idea of creating this project without cooperation of the city to show there are residents who still care about the history of Park City and will do unique things to try to remind people. I attribute the low number of scans to the off-season between winter and summer and the poor weather over the weekend. I am curious what this project would have looked like in the peak of the ski season or middle of the summer where there are thousands of people on Main Street every day.
While I wish the installation would have lived a little longer, I learned a lot about Park City in the process of creating it. I learned to integrate new media and technology to make the past accessible. And finally, I learned some people just don't like anything posted in town. The obvious evolution of this project would be a GPS-based smartphone app that automatically pulls historical photos, stories, and sounds like the 34 North 118 West project in Los Angeles. This would do away with the pesky flyers and allow the installation to live in perpetuity.
All photos by Trevor Hooper unless otherwise noted.