The other day I was walking past the City Hall when I noticed one of the Hello Lamppost signs. Hello Lamp Post is “an experimental, city-wide platform for play”. It’s “an opportunity to rediscover your local environment, share your memories of the city and uncover the stories that other people leave behind. Hello Lamp Post encourages you to look at the city with fresh eyes and engage with systems we take for granted”. And it’s fun!
Basically, when you see one of the signs it tells you a number you can text, and you can have a text message conversation with the labelled object.
Here’s the conversation I had with City Hall:
Me: Hello cityhall #ch
City Hall: Hello, human. All over Bristol objects like me are waking up and asking people about the city. I have a few questions for you. What do you think is Bristol’s biggest claim to fame?
Me: It’s got to be Banksy!
City Hall: Interesting. Someone else told me: ‘The suspension bridge’. Another thing, if you were mayor of Bristol, what would you change?
Me: I would make cider even cheaper.
City Hall: OK. Someone else told me: ‘Integrated and regulated interested bus and train transport system’. Here’s another question. How has Bristol changed in the time that you’ve known it?
Me: I’ve only known it a short time… it’s got warmer!
City Hall: I see. I’ll let you go but check other objects for existing codes – almost anything can talk! Want to know more about objects like me waking up? Visit hellolamppost.co.uk.
I was in London last weekend staying at the Hotel ibis London Earls Court. I wouldn’t especially rave about the hotel, but the view from my 12th floor room was stunning!
E.S. & A. Robinson. Ltd. Paper Bag Makers, founded in 1844 and moved to Bedminster in 1887. I love to think about the history of places like this…
A friend showed me this tonight: St Lawrence, Little Stanmore in London…
I’m in love with this view of the colourful pastel houses in Bristol – so pretty!
London’s OXO Tower and OXO Tower Wharf…
The Gherkin seems to have been following me around recently…
Even at night…