Silent Words

Silent Words is a public urban art installation meant to spread awareness about sexual abuse and violence. It aims to encourage denizens to talk about their experiences and stories and break the traditional silence around these topics. It is an open source art project under development - you could potentially download the files and setup the installation in your neighborhood.

Tools: Twilio, Arduino/Raspberry pi, Neopixels, Node.js

Code for the installation is updated here.

Systems Diagram of Silent Words installation

How it works:

The physical structure of the piece is in the form of a tree, a wooden piece with audio jacks around the bark. and where users can insert a 3.5mm audio cable of any headphones or earphones into the sculpture and listen to recordings left by anonymous citizens. The lifeless tree responds with it's LED leaves every time it recognizes that a user has interacted with it by listening to someone's story or if someone has left the tree a message. 

This blog explains the fabrication process in detail and here is the electronics blog.


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