Text-the-Mayor (2014)

LED Sign, Wireless Bridge, Misc. Hardware, Custom Software
(approx. 42 x 8 x 3 inches)

A storefront LED message sign, hanging in Ithaca, New York's mayor's office is connected to the internet and assigned a local phone number. Metal street signs around the city display a phone number to which passerby can text. Each texted message is displayed in the mayor's office until the next message is received.

This project repurposes the typical eye-catching storefront display for community use. The sign explores issues of free speech by giving individuals an uncensored and instantaneous public venue to express their ideas. As each new message immediately overwrites the old, the sign offers the community a forum for an impartial and spontaneous public discussion.

Visit the project's website at text-the-mayor.com for a record of messages sent.