The Shell gas station located on the corner of Benefit St. and Wickenden St. This photo was taken from the Benefit St. side.
The following works encompass a timescape (a landscape that changes over the course of a designated time period) of a Shell gas station located at 457 Benefit St. in Providence, RI. Through our exploration we discovered how organic the city of Providence moves despite its gridded composition.
The research started with tracing the routes cars took to get in and out of the gas station parking lot.
An animation of all of the routes on one single map
Our first thought was to take the tracings and create letters out of them. Line segments were joined together to create a set of lowercase letters and numbers.
We then thought about the forms as a representation of time as well as the language the gas station speaks in. Joining all of the segments together started to look like a note scrawled in short-hand note taking.

When the lines were stacked on top of each other, the mapping of time was misrepresented but the mapping of the physical site is revealed. When the lines were connected, the opposite occurred.
To bring the project back to the site, we replaced the gas station's typography with the line forms and the font we created. What we learned about most through this timescape exploration was that there is a dialogue between the site and the people who use it.
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