Public Spaces

Public Spaces

“It’s… so empty.”

“Of course it is. It’s not like it was designed with people in mind.”

“How can you say that?” Look at how beautiful it is.”

“The two aren’t mutually exclusive.”

“Why would anyone make a public space that doesn’t have people in mind?”

“Why would anyone make an uncomfortable park bench.”

“That’s different.”

“Is it?”

“Yeah, well you don’t want people sleeping in the parks.”

“And instead you want them doing what here?”

“Shopping.”

“That’s it?”

“Well what else is there to do?”

“That’s my point.”

“Not seeing it.”

“Seriously.”

“It’s a shopping center, what more do you need.”

“A place that actually encourages interaction. A place that gets people to be a community.”

“Yeah, that’s shopping.”

“So all your interactions are of a transactional nature?”

“Sure.”

“Really?”

“Aren’t they?”

“That’s a really dubious view of what we’re doing right now.”

“We’re exchanging information.”

“But with no stated purpose where one of us receives a good or service in return for a promise.”

“Yeah, the promise of lunch.”

“I said tea.”

“Well I’m thinking of working up an appetite.”

“Oh are you now?”

“Yep.”

“And what do I get out of this?”

“The satisfaction of having helped me work up an appetite and then satistifying it.”

“But not in a public space?”

“Oh gods no.”

“Shame.”

“Maybe another time. Just not here.”

“I’ll hold you to that.”

- And with that they were gone.


Today’s art is courtesy of Ling Zhao from Beijing, China.

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