BART Swings (SF)

10 09 2016

“It’s such a ripe environment for some sort of joy or fun or connection to take place, just because it’s such a mundane experience and often seen as a negative thing,” says San Francisco-based artist Hunter Franks. “People see it as slow or noisy or dirty, so it seemed like an ideal place to add some vibrancy and some fun.”

Great work c/o Fast Company – https://www.fastcoexist.com/3063483/would-you-take-a-ride-on-a-swing-on-the-subway/7 





IKEA Monorail (Tokyo)

10 04 2014

 

Via PSFK – To celebrate the opening of a new location near Tokyo’s Tachikawa station, IKEA decorated a whole monorail line.
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Photoshop Live: At bus stop

12 06 2013

Via Laughing Squid- 





ABC Radio

19 04 2011

Thanks to ABC Radio for the support.  The story was picked up with ABC Brisbane, Sydney and Darwin  on 12 April 2011.





Bus Messages

3 02 2011

Something that made me smile on Adelaide St was a bus that said “Thanks Brisbane” on the front.  The electronic displays where the route name and number usually are must be able to be customized any which way.  I often enjoy the Merry Christmas ones in December, but this was the first time I had seen a bus say “Thanks”

I’m not sure what it was thanking Brisbane for – prehaps the recent community spirit in times of floods?

Maybe it was just saying thanks for riding the bus.

or
Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being you!

In reading the book “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”, it seems thanks is one of the most loving things we can do, and often that acknowledgment and thanks is something we just don’t give enough of.  I make the extra special point to do it now.  For example, even if it is as simple as an email forward that doesn’t require a response I will mostly always thank someone for it, recognising they were thoughtful of me in that small action.





Listening

18 11 2010

In some instances I feel like I can talk and talk, even with the best intentions and not be heard. At which point I might yell, or just give up or change my communication where I can be more effective, even that at times doesn’t work.  Talking too much is a good way to lose attention too.

I’m learning the effectiveness in communication is equally or more so is in the listening of the other.  Our ‘listening’, view or openness to that person is what makes us have walls or not.  It is a 2 way street – talking and listening.

In a conversation to someone about parents and building their trust through talking, I reflect on my own friendships where I have lost trust, relationships that I would like to be different and recognising how my behaviours, especially emotional ones, were not building very good ‘listening”.  Gaining someone’s ‘listening” takes building trust and respect, enough for them to value and be open to what you are saying.  In my work, trying to change corporate “listening” to urban design value, I see many similar parallels.  In this and in some relationships,  I’m learning that “listening” is critical – if someone doesn’t want to hear something, they won’t.  I’m left with the proposition in theses spaces of a) “you can’t win them all” or b) it takes time, dedication and consistent conversations.  That is a tough line to walk at times.





Laughter Chain

17 11 2010

Via Skype:

“Laughter brings us closer together — it’s a language we all understand. It’s also contagious’.  As is friendliness.

I’ve had too many serious conversations of late, even themes in this artwork got serious.  Except I remind myself these days, as I have forgotten at times – “lighten the hell up!”.  People often add ‘sense of humour’ to the wish list in partners, and I realised of late I haven’t been very funny.  I felt I was last night, even joked to a guy who called me from a call centre, and I can do this when I felt light in my own spirit.   That it’s true, they say, like attract like.  Friendliness attracts Friendliness