Mischievous Footprints invites citizens to play and connect with the city in a new way as they travel along a city’s roads.
Before tarmac, roads told stories of the changing of seasons, the passing of time and the story of people who come and go, and those with infrequent traffic soon became overgrown, it’s stories disappearing with them. Now, as an integral part of city infrastructure, roads are expected to remain unchanged over a long period of time, reliability required of them. However, exactly because they are the most public and most used of city infrastructure, is there not value in reanimating roads so they once more tell stories of the people who travel on them?
Mischievous Footprints places playful prompts in city streets, drawing out new behaviours such as taking a meandering path or standing still to look around through playful prompts. Using technology so pavements show the changing behaviour of people, a reflection of the natural evolution of roads, Mischievous Footprints shows that the city landscape is alive with new discoveries.
When the playfulness of pavements make us journey through the city with the eyes of an explorer, we start to cultivate a stronger interest in our cities and our travels through the city become journeys that initiate new connections, person to person, person to city.