Street talk in Bristol as Hello Lamp Post wins Playable City Award

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 July 2013

The streets of Bristol are about to become more talkative after the winners of the inaugural Playable City Award, devised by the city's Watershed, were announced as a group who give secret codes to lampposts.

A photo of a woman looking at a postbox which appears to be speaking
Dotting codes around the city, the public will have to find passwords which “awaken” public objects. Some of these will be irritated at being left in the rain, while others will reveal pearls of knowledge via a series of text messages.

“We hope it will unlock the secrets, stories and experiences of Bristol’s people through Bristol’s objects,” explained co-creator Ben Barker, who said his PAN Studio team was “incredibly excited” to “unleash” the Hello Lamp Post adventure.

“We have been developing the game mechanics and finessing conversation styles of the text messages.

“We hope it will inspire people to converse and play with their street furniture and ultimately each other, as they’ll get to discover more about other passers-by in their vicinity.

“The more people take part, the more fun for all.”

The project beat 93 applications from across the world.

“It’s a complete experiment,” believes Clare Reddington, the Executive Producer of the award who will oversee signposting around Bristol and a “hub space” where people can indulge their curiosity and tune in to some of the exchanges taking place.

“We have a chance to get playful with our city. We can’t wait to find out what we’ll discover about our street furniture, our city, and in the process, ourselves.”

Hello Lamp Post runs July 15 – September 8 2013.

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