Tokyo’s street furniture is waking up and wants to talk to you
In April 2015, Hello Lamp Post Tokyo, created by London based PAN Studio, was presented at Roppongi Art Night 2015, Tokyo's premier art festival of contemporary art staged in the Roppongi district of central Tokyo. For one night and day, Hello Lamp Post Tokyo woke the street furniture of Tokyo as well as Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Crossing, both iconic Tokyo landmarks. It offered the citizens of Tokyo the delightful experience of talking with the city, and a playful opportunity to rediscover their local environment in a completely new way.
Hello Lamp Post Tokyo is an English/Japanese bilingual version of Hello Lamp Post, the winner of Watershed's first Playable City Award in 2013. Hello Lamp Post invites people to talk to familiar city objects using the messaging function of mobile phones. It is a new city-based communication platform which connects citizens with each other and with the city by starting conversations that share memories of the city through its physical infrastructure.