Priority Seating For Those Who Want Conversation

Brisbane public art installation aims to promote interactions between commuters through Google maps and geotagging.

‘I just wanted to say’ is a multi-platform public intervention/installation currently taking place in Brisbane, Australia. A collaborative piece created by urbanist and designer Yen Trinh with graphic designer Steven Rhodes, it’s a riff on the ubiquitous public transit signs admonishing riders to give up their seats to those with disabilities, but the ‘I just wanted to say’ billboards reserve ‘priority seating for those who want conversation,’ to promote interactions between often sullen commuters.

Custom signs are available to download, print off and post, to make your own commute more friendly and interactive. As well, a Google map page has been created so that people can track where signs have been posted. Participants are also encouraged to geotag places that they’ve engage in stimulating and enlightening conversations to create a living, breathing map of the most chatty locales around the world. Users can also facilitate conversation by adding their location and transit route to their tag which acts as an invitation to dialogue for those traveling in the same direction.

Yen Trinh

Steven Rhodes

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