Hello Lamp Post! will allow users to interact with inanimate public objects.

“Hello Lamp Post!” is this year’s winner of the Playable City Award that will turn Bristol, UK, into a more interactive city. The art project is created by London-based design studio PAN, and invites passers-by to have a secret conversation with the city’s inanimate objects.

Each public object in the city is assigned with a unique code that allow public servants to identify them. For example, post boxes in Bristol have a six-figure code, benches have seven, and storm drains have 14. When the project is launched, users can text the world “Hello + the name of the object + its code” to a special phone number and the object will instantly “come to life” and send a text back with a questions.

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