David William brings the bustling noises of the Big Apple to life with his Onomatopoeia street installations, in which he writes out the sound an object makes so people are able to visualize the sound.
This includes a subway payphone where hes added colorful balloons that read RRRING, and a speaker surrounded by jagged letters above it that read CRACKLE.
William explains, I want to reactivate a space so when people walk by it theyll notice things they never noticed before. Ive seen truck drivers slow down and rubberneck when they never wouldve before.
He has an arsenal of sound in his brain from growing up reading comic books, and thinks the hearing impaired may gain some insight from his work.
He explains, By writing out the noise something makes in a way that expresses what its like, someone who cant hear can visually see the sound.
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