Designer and artist Candy Chang took to the streets of New York City with psych 101 questions stenciled on the pavement. She explains:
Pedestrians in the city often find themselves walking in deep thought. A routine trip can prompt reflections on everything from future goals to last night’s dinner conversation. As people sacrifice personal time for hectic schedules, these casual occasions for reflection become all the more important. Sidewalk Psychiatry encourages self-evaluation in transit by posing critical questions on the pavements of New York City with stencils and temporary spray-chalk. Now your daily ponderings and emotional problems can be prodded and treated on the go – and, best of all, it’s free of charge!
In a more pragmatic and helpful vein, the Gotham blogosphere is abuzz about spray painted directional compasses that have started appearing at the entrances of New York City subways to assist people in orienting themselves.