:-) a Project of Public Smiles


Public Spaces in cities always contain many different rules and prohibitions. These rules make the
space useable for large amounts of people, but the rules themselves can seem forced upon the
individual that uses the space.

By creating and positioning unusual and existing “possibility”signs I emphasize what is allowed, which adds a smile to the user-space. That smile helps people to relax and it enhances the individual’s experience of the space.

The signs are a direct response to the prohibition. “It is not allowed to step on the grass “ is originally shown as a sole of a shoe. The signs take the possibilities to the extreme , the new signs suggest that Santa in his sled is allowed, you are allowed to walk barefoot, or on peglegs. You may even walk the tightrope in a precarious balancing act.

The signs are so many, the space becomes unusable, a tongue-in-cheek criticism, that sometimes we reach excess in the amount of messages we try to convey. This creates an overload and the people who use the space, do not know what to do anymore.

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One thought on “:-) a Project of Public Smiles

  1. hi,

    leuke site,heb beetje rondgesnuffeld,kom nog wel weer keertje langs,inspiratie geeft weer nieuwe inspiratie,de kracht van het kind>een overgebleven grasspriet kan dan uitgroeien tot een machtig woud.

    tja over dat ”schuldgevoel” en die donaties,konden de mensen maar zonder schuld blij zijn met wat ze hebben,de ongelijkheid zou snel weg-ebben op de wereld,de beste hulp aan 3e wereld is toch wel van jezelf durven te houden en van het leven zoals het gewoon is,zonder taboe op leed pijn en armoe ouderdom etc.,sommige dingen zijn enkel te overwinnen door ervan te houden,ipv van een afstand te scheppen en een ”doekje voor het bloeden” te prefereren.

    groetjes ,

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