Art for the People

by Paige Atkinson, Olivia Leitch, James Grandberry, Taylor Smith, and Hannah Smothers

Setting up the People's Gallery, photo courtesy of City Hall

Setting up the People’s Gallery, photo courtesy of City Hall

“Tell me this: I can’t turn. Can you tell me what’s behind me?” the text message read. In a normal instance, this message would seem strange. However, it’s just the type of messages street furniture all over Austin are sending.

This specific message came from a fire hydrant, one of hundreds of objects around Austin participating in a public art piece called Hello Lamppost. Hello Lamppost enables Austin residents and visitors to interact with their surroundings and learn a little more about each other and their city through their cell phones.

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