Dear Hope Street is an interactive installation and workshop for children and adults by Alex Desebrock from Maybe (___) Together.
In Dear Hope Street children google street view a “Hope St” home somewhere in the world. Children choose and draw a picture of a house they like on the front of the postcard and write to them on the back.
All postcards are photographed and placed on-line here before being posted.
Alex asks children to sit in the grey space of a question. Is google streetview a good or bad thing? Is it a way to create connection and empathy with other places, or is it a breach on our privacy? She still doesn’t know.
Alex is interested in empowering children to think big and connecting their voices with strangers.
This is a gift.
Like a message in a bottle – we will sit and wait and hope for a reply…
26 responses to “About”
I just think this is brilliant! What a wonderful idea. I will hold my breath to hear of returned letters from the people of Hope Street.
Thanks Heather. We do too! Fingers crossed…x
We woidl love to be involved in writing letters to hope street. how can we go about this?
we have a hope street locally and would love to write leters to the residents of hope street new town tasmania.
That sounds like fun. I usually run a workshop for this project, but there is no reason that you couldn’t run one and I could do the after-editing here.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can natter x
How can I see which address my daughter wrote to, or do I find out when we get a reply? She sent one on a school excursion so I wasn’t there to find out the details. It sounds like such a cool idea. I have her postcard number and are waiting to see if we get a reply.
If you go to the “Awesome” page you should find the postcard (there is a link in top banner on right). They are sorted in number order. If you can’t let me know the number and I’ll send you the link.
We got one! It’s a fun activity for the children.
I forgot to tell you that on the backside of the house we have pannels for waterheating
lucky enough to receive a postcard and will be replying
thanks Sann, did you find your postcard? It’ll be on this page somewhere: https://dearhopestreet.com/fromsydney/
What a fabulous surprise in the mail at work today…on this very cold, snowy New England day ! My card made it to me in Bristol, RI USA !!! I responded to Fletcher from Austraila immediately!!! What an amazing and inspirational lesson for your students ! Can’t wait to read others replies as well!!!
Thank you. It’s always lovely to hear from recipients!
Not only does my friend who received one live on Hope St. It’s in HOPE, BC CANADA too! Great project! I’m so glad I got to see this surprise.
I think this is an awesome idea!!!
Thank you for involving us (albeit unknowingly but still willingly) in this amazing project.
Where do you get your postcards from? And do you search up a street called hope in the world.
This project is a wonderful idea. Cheers up the senders and recievers as well. Receiving a postcard from the other part of the world made me happy and hopeful. Kids are talented; and I believe this project helps them to be recognised and appreciated.
Thank you for this adventure,
What a great Idea. I am an art teacher working in a support unit in a high school.
Thanks rhonda. It’s a fun project to do. We did it at Sydney Festival a little while back :)
I count myself as very lucky – as we received a Postcard today!! With a perfect drawing of my home!!! I will treasure my postcard – thinking of copying the back of it and then framing the front & back in a picture frame and hanging in our home!
What a wonderful idea – will leave my message to my Artist xxx
Thanks Tracey for your lovely response. It really makes our day when we hear people appreciate their postcard! Thank you x
It was such an honour to be a part of this project, we will treasure our postcard sent to our newly purchased first home. I love that children get the opportunity to reflect on whether streetview is good or bad. I feel that in all things, good can be made from potential bad, as has been done within your art project. It is a great way to connect with others around the world. I hope you get many replies! We have replied to our sender :)
Hi Christine, sounds like it was good timing :) Thank you appreciating & understanding the project so well. And for replying :) x
Revived your card Olivia
I am sorry can someone help how do i know if someone ha replied to my child all I have is there Postcard #