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Keep an eye out for our unique Smiley faces

Artists: SmileyWorld


The Smiley Company, the originators of the Smiley face and creators of the world’s first 3D emoticons, have designed unique Smileys for Bankside that reflect the spirit of this year’s MERGE festival.

We’ll also be encouraging you to share your happy thoughts by leaving messages on chalkboards across hoardings in the area.

If your head is down and you miss our Smileys, you might notice our positive messages on the pavements produced by installation artist Tyler Moorehead. Share the love and tweet us @MERGEFestival or Instagram @VisitBankside #MERGEBankside.

About the artists:


For over 45 years Smiley has shaped the way we share happiness and express ourselves through iconic and creative products found all over the world. It has influenced musical generations, social movements, popular culture and the pursuits of happiness. Smiley has become more than just an icon and a lifestyle: it is now a spirit and a philosophy, reminding people just how powerful a smile can be