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Art: Giant Keyboard Shows Isolating Impact of Internet Addiction


China's "Keyboard of Isolation" is a 16-foot art installation made up of figurines based on real people whose lives have been affected by web addiction.

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The figurines used in this installation were based on the likenesses of real individuals afflicted by the effects of internet addiction. China Smack>/a>

The figurines used in this installation were based on the likenesses of real individuals afflicted by the effects of internet addiction. China Smack

File this under: Odd But Affecting.

A 16-foot keyboard consisting of life-like figurines was created in China to raise awareness about the isolation brought on by Internet addiction. Built by non-profit organization Family Care for Grassroots Community in partnership with advertising agency DDB China, The Keyboard of Isolation was built in 2011 and features 115 3.5 inch figurines modeled after actual Chinese people who had been interviewed about the devastating impact of Internet addiction on their lives and relationships. Each figurine is housed in a glass bottle to reflect its isolation and strategically placed to the resemble different keys on a keyboard.

In the video below, you can hear the stories of the people depicted in the statue as well as see the exhaustive process that went into creating the figurines. In the heartbreaking words of one child: “It’s my birthday. My dad ignored me. He only cares about his computer.”

The touring installation has been displayed at an electronics mall, as well as outdoor plazas, hotels, and metro stations across the country; it now lives at the Zendai MoMA.