From office-related confessions to secret fears, love triangles and crushes – the deepest, darkest confessions of strangers have been revealed to the public in a display at a train station in the South of England.
The project is called The Waiting Wall and is part of Brighton’s Digital Festival in September.
The idea is that commuters travelling through Brighton train station could submit their anonymous confessions online to have them projected onto a large screen at the station for fellow passengers to read.
The project was created by musician and software developer Alan Donohoe and Steven Parker, who make up creative digital storytelling partnership Free The Trees.
Their idea for The Waiting Wall was inspired by author Alain de Botton’s suggestion that Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall could be adapted for the modern day.
“Standing on the concourse waiting for yet another delayed, overcrowded train, will become a rare eye-opening and uplifting experience,” the developers said.
“Inspired by the book Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton, ‘The Waiting wall’, referencing commuters’ experiences, is an electronic display of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, ‘that would anonymously broadcast our inner woes,’ thereby reminding us that ‘we are none of us alone in the extent of our troubles and lamentations.’”
Here are some of the confessions that were displayed:
The company also wrote on their Twitter page, “For some people, we hope, these (messages) are the first small steps to seeking help.”
Other messages from the wall can be read online at www.thewaitingwall.com