Walkie-Talkie was a temporary art commission designed to appear hand in hand
with the then new Bristol Legible City pedestrian sign system. It was the first
in a series of artists’ commissions linked with Bristol Legible City.
A collaboration between launch artist Colin Pearce and launch poet Ralph Hoyte,
who were jointly commissioned in spring 2000 by Bristol Legible City and Poetry
It consists of a thin line of language, approximately 3000 words, in a strip
10cm wide and over 640 metres long. The concept for the work is to imagine the
finger posts of the sign system have fallen to the ground and been arranged
into a single long lineReferring directly to the permanent signs via placement,
colour linkage and font format, the text line appears to have been set free
to career off and mingle with the fabric of the city.