Big Babies with Barcode Faces.

Big Babies with Barcode Faces

Field review by the editors.

Palm Springs, California

Unveiled on June 5, 2018, the "Palm Springs Babies" -- as they're called locally -- are the work of Czech Republic artist David Cerny. They were originally attached to a TV tower in Prague, but when the tower began having stability problems (perhaps caused by having eight-foot-tall babies hanging on it) the artworks were removed and shipped to Palm Springs. They now have a much more stable play area, posed as if crawling around in a dug-out sandpit.

Big Babies with Barcode Faces.

Aside from their size, the babies are memorable because their cute little faces have been replaced with punched-in bar codes. Cerny has said that this represents the increasing dehumanization of humanity, especially the world's younger generations, whose individual characteristics will eventually be reduced to scannable 1s and 0s.

Every few months the Babies will be rearranged in the sandpit until some time in 2020, when they will have to crawl elsewhere, and the pit is filled in for a condo development.

Big Babies with Barcode Faces

Address:
100 N. Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA
Directions:
West edge of the city, across the street from the Palm Springs Art Museum. In a sandpit just north of W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, between N. Museum Drive and Belardo Rd.
RA Rates:
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