Surfaced is a concept we created with PLADS. It’s an urban installation that enables citizen to express themselves in a new way. Using words and light-transmitting concrete as material, Surfaced aims to nourish empathy not only between people, but also for unused spaces. The Backstage and Goodbye Malmö are two concepts that Surfaced was applied to.
In The Backstage citizens are invited to publish texts by sending an SMS to walls distributed in the area. By completing sentences like “When you told me…” or “If only you knew…“, people can anonymously say out loud what was maybe not possible before.
With Goodbye Malmö people can leave a personal message to the city through the city. It invites people to write a letter that will live on the wall of main transport hubs, such as train stations and airports. People are given the opportunity to say goodbye, share personal experiences, memories rooted in the city and welcome newcomers.