Thought Balloons
Thought Balloons

Thought Balloons

Denver Public Art 1%

Thought Balloons is an interactive artwork that playfully inserts software generated text based dialog over seated people's heads. 
As people sit on the black bench, thought balloons, like those found in a comic book format, magically appear above their heads. At other times when two or more people sit on the bench a dialog starts up between them.

The texts for each balloon or dialog bubble are kept fresh and lively with the help of the local community. Not only were Stapleton residents of all ages invited to gather and playfully construct humorous conversations and informative repartee, community members are welcome to continually contribute to the dialog by submitting to

In a new town like Stapleton Thought Balloons acts as a catalyst to bring people together. Not only by starting conversations in front of the piece but also by creating opportunities for members of the community to contribute language to the piece itself.

Virginia Folkestad ()
Donald Mitchell (rights held by)
Carolyn Braaksma (rights held by)
Herb Kindsfater (rights held by)
Laurel Raines (rights held by)
Fred Coester ()
Chris Kastelic ()
Mark Upshaw ()
Dennis Piper ()
Charlie Nicola ()
Sandra Reichborn-Kjennerud ()
Kimberly Carey Putnam ()
Conor Hollis ()
Tom Gleason (rights held by)
Carmen Miranda (rights held by)
Lin Clark (rights held by)
Heather Baker (rights held by)
Michele Fuerst (rights held by)
Stephen Tammaro (rights held by)
Heidi Majerik (rights held by)
John Hickenlooper (rights held by)
Tim Upham (rights held by)
Barbara Neal (rights held by)
Wes Heiss (artist)
Marek Walczak (artist)
Walzcak & Heiss (rights held by)
Kendall Peterson (rights held by)