|Title||BRIDGE OF LIFE|
|Brand||SAMSUNG LIFE INSURANCE|
|Product / Service||SAMSUNG LIFE INSURANCE|
|Category||A07. Best Use or Integration of Offline Media such as Print, Outdoor, etc.|
|Entrant||CHEIL WORLDWIDE Seoul, SOUTH KOREA|
|Entrant Company||CHEIL WORLDWIDE Seoul, SOUTH KOREA|
|Contributing Company||CHEIL WORLDWIDE Seoul, SOUTH KOREA|
|Production Company||GIRINGREEM FILM Seoul, SOUTH KOREA|
|Myeongjoon Joo||Ex Creative||Technical Designer|
|Taejin Kang||Ex Creative||Technical Designer|
|Chang-Hwa Yeo||Ex Creative||Technical Director|
|Inyoung Lee||Cheil Worldwide||Account Executive|
|Kyungtae Kim||Cheil Worldwide||Account Executive|
|Jungho Park||Cheil Worldwide||Account Director|
|Jieun Park||Cheil Worldwide||Copywriter|
|Yongkyu Choi||Cheil Worldwide||Copywriter|
|Yukyung Joo||Cheil Worldwide||Copywriter|
|Youngjun Kim||Cheil Worldwide||Copywriter|
|Jiyeon Choi||Cheil Worldwide||Art Director|
|Minjoo Kim||Cheil Worldwide||Art Director|
|Jaeyeon Kim||Cheil Worldwide||Art Director|
|Hyungkyun Oh||Cheil Worldwide||Art Director|
|Joohoon Lee||Cheil Worldwide||Creative Director|
|Jeongkeun Yoo||Cheil Worldwide||Chief Creative Officer|
The brand slogan of Samsung Life Insurance, the #1 insurance company in Korea, is ‘People, Love’. Could there be any greater love than saving a person’s life? Our idea to stop and prevent the suicides on the Mapo Bridge was not installing a physical device to hinder the suicides, but to create an interactive bridge that would change the people’s minds through communication and a human touch This is the world's first innovative suicide-preventing rail lighting system that uses digital technology (sensors and LEDs) with an analog touch (storytelling and copy lines). In the beginning, the technical motif of EX Creative (combining sensors and LEDs) and the private capital of Cheil's art director, were used to develop about a dozen prototypes suitable for the Mapo Bridge in the span of 1 year. Afterwards, Samsung Life Insurance invested 600 million KRW (approx. $530,000) for the actual development.
South Korea has recorded the highest suicide rate in the OECD for the eighth year running. (OECD Health Data 2012) Over 15,000 commit suicide in just one year, which is an average of 43.5 deaths per day. (2011 National Statistics Office) Suicides are especially frequent near the bridges over the Han River in Seoul. And among the 23 bridges, the ‘Mapo Bridge’ has the highest number of suicides. (Out of the 1090 suicides committed on a Han River bridge, 17.2% - or 188 suicides - happened on the Mapo Bridge) First, we installed sensors on the guardrails, so that when people walked by, lights turned on according to their movements. On the lighted rails appeared short messages, making it seem as if the bridge was speaking to the passers-by. The 20 or so messages that were shown were not warnings or teachings, but rather kind words, comforting song lyrics, funny jokes, and other phrases that would speak to the anxious and confused minds of those attempting to end their lives. Our intention was to have the pedestrians keep reading the messages that were shown throughout the 2.2km of the Mapo Bridge through the ‘Bridge of Life’ installation, and eventually walk all the way to the other end without realizing it.
We installed sensors on the guardrails, so that when people walked by, lights turned on according to their movements. On the lighted rails appeared short messages, making it seem as if the bridge was speaking to the passers-by. The 20 or so messages that were shown were not warnings or teachings, but rather kind words, comforting song lyrics, funny jokes, and other phrases that would speak to the anxious and confused minds of those attempting to end their lives.
Since the opening of the Bridge of Life on Sep 26th, 2012, until today (Dec 20th, 2012), the suicide rate has dropped by 77%. The Bridge of Life has received widespread national coverage on TV and in newspapers with 177 reports, as well as global coverage in 8 different media (Reuters, Voice of America, China TV The Tokyo Times, etc.). About 11,000 posts about the Mapo Bridge have been shared on social networks, of which 92% are positive, and the brand image of Samsung Life Insurance has improved by 110%. It has been installed on the Mapo Bridge for almost a year now, and the City of Seoul and Samsung Life Insurance are installing it on other bridges as well.