The map is submerged in water showing the peaks of NYC as islands of access for minimum wage. There’s a button which when pressed the wages slowly increase showing the area of the islands growing towards the base. When the button is released the wages slowly decrease showing the area of the islands shrinking towards the peaks. There’s also an LCD display which shows the wages and areas.
Wage Islands explores the poetic sides of data to bring out a visceral understanding of housing and wage gaps in New York City. It hopes to expand the relationships between housing and accessibility and wages and affordability in New York City.