When someone dies they leave us with a void but remain as mental entities, a kind of thought-objects. Historically humans have projected this experience onto material things, letting representatives embody that which has lost its physical connection. Emotional connection is projected onto an object in a process of social confirmation; a common interpretation of an icon.
In the Japanese technique Kintsugi, pieces of a broken object are collected and repaired with gold, as to illuminate the catastrophe, allowing it to integrate with the objects identity. The tradition treat the repairs like marks in the objects timeline, considering them memorable experiences. In a similar way Rift aims to represent a phenomenon in the timeline of the city. The reappearing interventions in our public spaces can be compared to scars on a societal body; pointing towards a common issue and thus a collective responsibility.