worth the wait

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and a doodle a day brings creativity your way.  The poem’s my own, and while I’m no sage, I’d be willing to bet a five or ten spot that it holds some truth.  
To inspire creativity in Minneapolis, I covered a bus stop with butcher paper and colored pencils.  Made me think of changing the ‘whistle while you work’ song to something like ‘doodle while you wait.’
The random act of happiness was inspired by the League of Creative Interventionist‘s March mission to make bus stops more playful.  Pretty cool idea for a creative intervention, right?  You can see how they come up with project ideas by watching conversational videos on their blog.
I had barely finished hanging paper when people wandered past and asked what I was up to.  After providing some background info, I found myself doodling with 3 awesome strangers.  One of them happened to be a Minneapolis artist.
Does it surprise you that the three of us are getting together next week?  Proof that we never know what the day holds for us, right?
The strangers asked about other projects I’ve done in the city, and it reminded me of a ‘poetry takeover’ I staged in bus stops last year.  If you didn’t get to read about it, you can see the post here:
Have you ever made friends in an interesting way?  Any ideas for making bus stops more fun?

18 thoughts on “worth the wait

  1. Looks like a fun way to pass the time at bus stops! I’d try it out at ours, except from what I’ve seen it’s most likely to be filled with rude words and stuff 😦 Might be worth a try though 🙂

  2. What an awesome way to get complete strangers to not be strangers anymore 😉 This also validates those times in grade school when my teacher thought that doodling in the margins of my notebook was unproductive 😉 Thanks, as always, for the smiles you provide!

  3. WHO ARE YOU? Are you a real person? I’m only sort of kidding. What the heck is this covering bus stops with paper? I haven’t done anything that cool in, well, okay ever.

  4. Such a great idea! I think your poem is on to something. 🙂 I’ve never thought of making bus stops more fun as I’ve never really lived in a city with great public transportation, but I would think setting up a table with clay so you could create a community diorama or having a few different blank books out, each with a different starter sentence by you, and having strangers continue the story could be fun. Maybe you could have a website where you would type up the final stories so people could look them up at home to see the ending!


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