The Waiting Wall adventure


It’s been a long and sometimes tumultuous journey but it’s really been worth it. Right from the start, The Waiting Wall threw up all sorts of challenges. The initial idea, the technology side of things and the actual building were not easy but accomplished with no major hiccups. However, the real challenges were in the planning, logistics and bureaucracy involved with getting approval and the actual staging of ‘The Wall’. There were times when we were up against so much that we were worried the project would not go ahead and we would just have to be content with doing the project for ourselves and our own enjoyment. 

But perseverance pays off. We didn’t give up and, in fact, we were totally surprised and pleased with how things turned out. Having The Waiting Wall displayed on the large advertising screen on the Brighton Station concourse was something we never thought we could achieve. Never in a million years did we think that this little project that we put together in the spare bedroom, thought up after reading ‘Religion for Atheists’ by Alain de Botton, would become such a media success, well beyond our expectations. 

To date, the has received over 12,000 messages, from the deepest recesses of people’s hearts and minds. Plus, there have been some fantastic articles written in the GuardianIndependentMashable and Huffington Post. Plus, Alain de Botton, whose book inspired the project, was so impressed that he has requested a version of The Waiting Wall for his own website. 

We started the project with the aim of doing something that contributed to the wellbeing of its users. Some people have told us that they found some of the messages quite dark and even disturbing, however, many have been profound, heartfelt and moving. It is almost like aiming a microscope at the collective psyche of our society, revealing the shared thoughts, feelings and angst that we never really reveal to others.

We’ve been moved by some of the comments that people have posted on Twitter:

“Becoming addicted to other peoples secrets” –

“Some pretty powerful stuff here. The Waiting Wall” –

“I’m moved to tears, frank, inspiring, beautiful and terribly sad. The Waiting Wall” –

So we want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who posted a message on The Wall. It would not be what it is without you. Even though the Brighton Digital Festival 2015 has now come to an end for another year, is still very much open. So keep those messages coming in and view them here.