Quirky game helping to provide ideas for Queen Elizabeth Olympic park

Ben Edmonds and Ben Barker at the launch of the Hello Lamp Post project at Queen Elizabeth Olympic P

Ben Edmonds and Ben Barker at the launch of the Hello Lamp Post project at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - Credit: Archant

Having conversations with park benches, bus stops and lamp posts may seem crazy, but it’s the new craze sweeping across east London.

The scheme, entitled Hello Lamp Post, has seen visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park texting a variety of objects and answering a wide range of questions.

With three weeks left to go, there is still time to join in the fun by chatting with almost anything, as long as it has a number on it.

Ben Barker, part of the team behind Hello Lamp Post, explained that the game has received “loads of good feedback so far”, and that they have learnt lots about the park and how people use the facilities.

“We have already started to learn some really specific things about the park,” he said.

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“Players have been saying what events they would like to see in the park. There was a mention of a kids go free day in the stadium day.”

Project partner Ben Edmonds said he was happy with the game’s success so far, adding: “I think both in terms of the players and the messages we have received.

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“Sometimes people are talking about their memories of the space, so we have got a lot of stuff about the Olympics and their favourite athletes.

“We also have lots of people playing with a real sense of humour.”

There are scores of objects available to interact with, but it seems the London Aquatics Centre is the most popular.

Ben thinks it may have something to do with Olympic diver Tom Daley, who trains there.

The scheme could even be extended past its initial six week run.

“We said we wanted to run until the end of November, but because it has been so successful, we’re going to have a chat about it,” Ben added.

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