Letters to Bank of America: Mendell Way

In addition to the surface of bank buildings, Letters to Bank of America people also projected their own words onto their homes during actions, vigils, and memorials. Here, one member of City Life/Vida Urbana, Heather Gordon, described her experience of foreclosure and eviction. Her words were projected onto the boarded-up windows of her former home, just a few weeks after she was evicted. The action was part of a community vigil for all former owners of foreclosed homes.

Gordon had maintained and renovated the property for nearly 20 years, and her efforts had contributed to the rising real estate values on this small cul-de-sac street in Jamaica Plain, which has been undergoing rapid gentrification since the late 1990s and early 2000s. Following her eviction and the property's resale to a developer, the building was torn down. The new owner has since erected a series of condo units on the property.

For this series of projections, we developed a custom writing surface with a glass tabletop + camera mount that recorded each pen-stroke on pages of transparency paper.