This is a small commission I did for the Portsmouth Museum of Fine Art. They asked me to make a scarecrow for them as part of a community project called “Scarecrows of the Port,” where all the businesses in Portsmouth display scarecrows around Halloween. I decided to make a scarecrow out of QR code for them. Here is the press release I wrote about it:
Crows are very intelligent birds. Some types of crows have even been known to fashion their own tools. So it practically goes without saying that crows, being the geeks of the bird world, naturally keep up with advances in technology such as QR Code. QR Code (short for “Quick Response Code”) is the most popular type of bar code in Japan and can be read using the camera on most Japanese mobile phones and mobile phones with Internet capabilities using free software downloads. QR Codes can contain text-based information such as messages, serial numbers, or URLs. The QR Code Scarecrow contains a message to crows with QR Code scanning gadgets. Scan the code with your mobile phone to see the message.
The picture above is from a local newpaper’s website. The code should work if you scan it off of a picture or a computer screen, but because there is a guy in a hard hat obscuring some of the code, this picture may not work if you scan it. I told the people at the newspaper this when I went down to their office to show them how to scan the picture, but I guess they had their reasons for using that pic. Here’s an unobscured snapshot I took just in case anyone wants to try it: