Staring at a Tiny Experimental Art Gallery in Tacoma, Washington
For being a big, clunky, out-of-place sidewalk installation, the Tollbooth is surprisingly easy to miss. This dingy black structure could be passed over for a bus stop or a community bulletin board. Originally an information kiosk, it was reclaimed by the burgeoning Tacoma arts scene and employed for the betterment of creative street culture. Labeled with a simple sign that reads just “Tollbooth Gallery,” the single television monitor featuring exclusively experimental video and art has been billed the world’s smallest art gallery of its kind. Walking up and staring into a bright screen on a city sidewalk is part sci-fi, part visually stimulation, and completely indicative of Tacoma’s innovative imagination.