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Alfie's Bus.Tops project

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Just to let you know that the decision day for Alfie's Bus.Tops project is only a few days away.

The project was one of 5 shortlisted for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and it is part of a project by 'Artists taking the lead' and is being developed by Arts Council England in partnership with London 2012 and the arts councils of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Essentially the idea revolves around placing 40 monochrome LED panels on the roof's of London's Bus Shelters, creating a networked canvas that absolutely anyone online can use to send messages to the city.

Alfie says:

'What we're doing right now is trying to let people know about the project to try and gather some ideas for how the platform might be used. In our budgeting we've allocated 20 x £2,000 grants to work with people and groups. If you know anyone who might be (or if you are)interested, please do pass the link along or add your thoughts.

We've also made the entirety of our final project plan open to public scrutiny. It covers pretty much every aspect of the project as well as a top-line budget summary. For this we're just hoping that people are interested enough to read it and hopefully poke at it and uncover things we might have missed or for which there might be a better approach.

Mobloggers are a creative bunch who are interested in their surroundings and connecting with other people. If the Bus.Tops bid to the Arts Council is successful, I can see Moblog curating a Bus.Tops project slot that explores this concept within our own lives. If you have any great ideas for how we could do this please add your voice to the comments on this post"

What would you create if London's bus shelters became national art canvasses?
25th Sep 2009, 11:35   | tags:

jc1000000 says:

I hope Bus.Tops wins this! The competition is tough - particularly from these guys - checkout the wall projection videos at the bottom:

That said, reviewing all the projects, the others dont seem to tap into the global/local angle as well as Bus.Tops does. I love the idea of kids all over the world being able to design bus tops for london via the web - that's the potential for me.

Imagine if we linked a moblog group like quotation to all the london bus tops for a week - that would be cool. Or microhappy stories - but much much shorter... or a treasure hunt or something... or some kind of random act of kindness inspiration group?

25th Sep 2009, 17:43

Viv says:

Good luck Alfie - I think it has simplicity going for it - like the 4th plinth :)

26th Sep 2009, 01:16

jc1000000 says:

22nd Oct 2009, 11:12

harimanjaro says:

They did! I heard Alfie on Radio 4 this morning. Fantastic news.

22nd Oct 2009, 11:30

Viv says:

Oh Wow!
This is amazing!!!!

22nd Oct 2009, 12:25

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22nd Oct 2009, 12:32

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