The Internet can be a cold, dark and weird place. It can also be a blank canvas to create incredible things. I had a lot of fun with the latter.
I walk by this sign almost every day and it's usually empty and sad looking. There's a bench right in front of it begging to be a resting place to gaze at an engaging piece of art. And while I like the concept of this empty space being an accidental concept piece, it still feels empty. I always have the same thought of how cool it would be to put something in place of the empty void, but never knew exactly what it should be. So I asked the collective hive mind that is the Internet...and it was awesome.
It started with an open ended question of "What would you put here?" in a Toronto Facebook group called Bunz Helping Zone. Here's what happened...
Someone thought that 1800's Russian composer, Modest Mussorgsky would be the fitting touch to bring everything together.
Another person felt that Steve Buscemi's smiling gaze would be a comforting image to smile back at in return.
One person came up with a modern marketing strategy.
While someone else went with a more straightforward approach.
One idea was go super meta...
And someone else went super, super meta.
You can never escape a good Seinfeld reference (I guess there's never a reason to).
At first I didn't know what this was, but I learned that it is, in fact, a Jigglypuff.
Things turned to some political real talk.
Yes, and more yes, please.
My favorite part of this idea was the comment that came with it, "obviously."
Did you know these are called "Big Boo's?"
My amazing wife came into the mix with her idea of a staring contest with Vigo the Carpathian.
Someone was thinking very highly of yours truly.
A healthy reminder to never trust cakes.
I was blown away by the enthusiasm and response to this simple question. Once again, in the insane digital world of the Internet, there is room for creative input, conversation and play. And much like this sign, the digital landscape can be used as a tool to shift and break molds of thought in our day to day lives. All it takes is putting a question out there.