Mesa’s street objects are coming to life and they want to talk to you!

Live from March 17th to April 15th 2018.

Choose an Object

Look out for a street object with a yellow coded sticker on it

Say Hello

Send a text in this format: "Hello + object type + #code" to (480) 800-0405 (e.g. "Hello Trash Can #MESA24")

Keep Talking

You’ll soon get a reply! Answer the object’s questions and learn what other people have to say.

What is Mesa talking about?

Question

Have a sit down, what can you see?

Answer

A dinosaur
Bench #mesa23

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to talk to the city that you live in?

Around the world, cities have been waking up and talking to their residents (Japan, Singapore, UK, Kazakhstan, France and the USA). Now for the first time ever, Mesa’s street furniture is waking up to talk to you!

Objects are curious about the world they find themselves in and want to ask you questions. They want to know about the local area; the people’s memories and favorite things; what they believe in and what they care about and much, much more.

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During your next visit to downtown Mesa or Mesa Arts Center, look closely for yellow stickers on familiar street furniture. The bright markers identify objects that are part of “Hello Mesa!”, a playful public art project.

All you need to chat with the objects —things like trash cans, benches and bus stops— is a basic mobile phone! It’s free to play (standard SMS and data rates apply) and suitable for all ages.

Hello Mesa! encourages people to look at the city with fresh eyes and engage with systems we often take for granted – a chance for us to slow down, reflect and see the city as a playground.

The interactions takes the form of a conversation. The objects are curious about the world they find themselves in and want to ask questions about it. The responses they receive are then shared with other players meaning an object understands the personality and people of the local area.

Conversations await in downtown Mesa, get chatting with the 32 street landmarks now through April 15. See if you can find them all!

About Hello Mesa

Hello Mesa will run from the 17th March to the 15th April 2018 in partnership with Mesa Arts Centre.

Hello Lamp Post was built by PAN Studio. Hello Lamp Post was first commissioned for Watershed’s Playable City Award 2013 and ran for 8 weeks in Bristol.

If you have any questions about the project you can get in touch with us using the link below.

Get In Touch

Name: Dinosaur
Code: #MESA23

Talk to the Dinosaur sculpture! Text: "Hello Dinosaur #MESA23" to (480) 800-0405

Name: Lamp Post
Code: #MESA3

Speak to a Lamp Post! Text: "Hello Lamp Post #MESA3" to (480) 800-0405

Name: Trash Can
Code: #MESA24

Chat with a Trash Can! Text: "Hello Trash Can #MESA24" to (480) 800-0405

Name: Lamp Post
Code: #MESA3

Speak to a Lamp Post! Text: "Hello Lamp Post #MESA3" to (480) 800-0405