Kiss Here Today

February 14th. Probably 2005. A kissing booth outside the machine-gun guarded gates of Downing Street. Venice has the Bridge of Sighs. Paris the Eiffel Tower. But where is the most romantic spot in London? We decided to start a new tradition: inviting tourists to kiss in front of Downing Street, have a Polaroid photo taken and then chalk a white cross into the road beneath them. It definitely wasn’t an anti-war protest, as protests outside Downing Street had recently been banned. And what kind of monster would ban a kissing booth? On Valentine’s Day? 

The kissing carried on all day until a policeman, seeing the growing field of chalk-white crosses on the pavement on his CCTV monitor, got uncomfortable and closed it down. 

Concept by Charles Davies. Execution by Bryony Henderson.