Bus Stop Poetry transforms the act of waiting or idling into a creative, poetic word-play. Five LED displays are set up as a public poetry display whereby each display will show a word and the five words will combine into a short “haiku” sentence. A large push-button connected to each display will allow visitors to change the word on that display with an algorithm selecting a new word from an electronic dictionary that makes basic grammatical sense.
Each screen unit holds a lexicon of words and their associated parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, and adverbs. When a new word is selected, the system looks at its neighbouring words and randomises a new word based on simple, probabilistic grammar.
Bus Stop poetry is an installation that explores boredom, whimsy, and the absurd in a public setting, using the technological infrastructure of mundane urban signage.
MaterialsLow resolution LED screens, microcontroller, RF transmitter/receiver, button, plinth, ABS case