I’ve never written a “missed connections” post on Craiglist. You know, those anonymous “Are you out there?” posts by people who missed a chance to connect with someone intriguing they saw out in the city? But I love that they exist.So when I stumbled on I Wish I Said Hello, a street art project inspired by the old-school Web classic, I had to share it.Wouldn’t this be fun to bring to Seattle?
“We find there’s something poetic about this desperate hope for the reencounter, but also something very ironic about using the internet as the tool to achieve it,” Manhattan artists Lisa Park and Adria Navarro wrote on the project site.
“It turns out that in the era of social media, when we’re supposedly connected to anyone in the world, the network of missed connections is one of the most inefficient ones.”
The project’s first installations marking the location of missed connections in the real world with bright, pin-shaped stickers are just in New York.
But Park and Navarro want the project — like its source material — to get collaborative.
So they’ve posted instructions on how people pretty much anywhere can make their own stickers inspired by “missed connections” posts in their area.
I’d like to see this one commemorated at Third and Marion:
You: Pink hair, black skull socks, super cute! ;3
Me: Wish I had the opportunity to say hello but…
Us: Both wearing headphones anyways :/
Seattle Weekly just posted a list of ten “ultra hot” missed connections from Seattle. Find more local material on Craigslist Seattle.
And let me know if you see one of these near you …