The 100 #53 – Hopes, Fears, Dreams…

Another text-based public art project by BC Transit. Vancouver, Canada. I found these large poster style images outside and inside of the Broadway / City Hall Sky Train station.

Each image involves a figure seemingly entering a door. The figures are photographed from the rear to presumably ensure anonymity. The figures are overlaid with white text that reflects the hopes, fears, dreams etc of the person depicted. The format of the text is similar for each image and leads me to assume that all participants were asked the same questions. Based on the answers given I am led to believe that all participants are young people.

The following are all of the images shown presented in Gallery format. Click on thumbnails for larger image.

I like the content of the text, especially the dreams and fears and find the innocence of the responses extremely touching ; however, I am puzzled by the intent behind these confessional posters. Someone decided that this is an interesting idea for a public art project – I wish I had been a fly on the wall at those meetings. As a retired teacher of young people I am familiar and always fascinated by their hopes and dreams; however, I wonder how many of the general public share my interest.  What do you think, dear readers, of this project – its mode of presentation and its intent?

The 100′ series was initiated by my 100th Post in April 2012. As text and images are the essence of my blog my intention is to present 100 pieces of textual art from historical and contemporary artists and from my own hand. To view the series to date click on ‘The 100’ in my Category Menu