“Mystery Map” wins New Urban Mechanics Public Space Invitational

East Boston "Mystery Map" bus stop by Liz LaMancheThis year’s Public Space Invitational contest by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, called “Play Around the City,” was aimed at enriching a series of urban bus stops. Inviting temporary interventions with a limited budget, their goal is to add fun and interactivity to several plain street corners where many children wait for their school buses each day. This location is on the corner of Saratoga and Prescott streets, across from the Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary School.

Permission to play

If you give them rules, children make up their own anyway. My installation in East Boston presents the kids with a board- or map-like layout, with routes almost like the London Underground map, and several different kinds of stops where something might happen. The rest is theirs to make up. Any number of people of any age can interact with this.

The project was installed August 2018.