XOXO is a flexible space that uses color and materials to create a warm and inviting setting to explore the themes of the exhibit. The exhibit is organized around two sets of tensile fabric pavilions, allowing for both separation of activities and good visibility throughout the space. Another organizing element for the exhibit is a set of mirrored easels. Each easel has a carefully selected inspirational quote about either love or forgiveness. This theme of looking at oneself and those we love closely is carried throughout the exhibit. Another set of easels are matched with specific components to complement the narrative of the experience. Flexible seating can be arranged in several configurations to accommodate multiple purposes, such as special programmed performances, tot yoga and story time.
All furnishing are built of solid wood. A portable floor is also provided to complete the exhibit space. The graphics package includes a set of double-sided, wood sign holders, graphic files for entry and accent scenic graphics, and a paint color guide.
The design team will assist with exhibit planning, including gallery layout and art direction.
Some things are impossible to do alone. Hold hands and touch the sensors to complete the circuit and reveal the message. Holding hands is a universal demonstration of friendship, trust and compassion.
Writing is an important way to express emotions. Answer questions about love and forgiveness, and then tie them to a wall for others to read. The result is a constantly changing collection of tags that form a emotional narrative of thoughts and feelings. What is love? Why is love important? Love has taught me… Today I experienced love by…
Using only two different shapes, visitors will fit puzzle pieces together that create paths, shapes and patterns. Words and symbols on the pieces allow participants to create stories, make connections and stimulate conversation relating to key points in the exhibit. A large platform housing the pieces will allow several groups to create their own finished puzzles, perhaps joining them together in the end.
Visitors create a 5 second video of themselves making a variety of facial expressions. Prompts ask visitors to make a happy, sad, angry, frightened, or hurt face. The most recent video is added to the constantly changing grid of faces and expressions projected onto the gallery wall. By watching their expressions and the expressions of others, young visitors can begin to recognize
and identify how others are feeling.
A unique set up of light boxes will allow visitors to trace each others profile on to a sheet of paper. Tracing requires concentration and also attention to the person who is being drawn. Once drawn, silhouettes can be compared – allowing participants to note the similarities and differences in each other.
Digitally printed facial features on hand sized wooden blocks, allows visitors to create unique faces – that show a variety of expressions by combining diverse eyes, noses and mouths.
Embrace (Hug Sculptures)
When embraced or hugged, each egg shaped sculpture responds with its own positive sound – ahhh, mmmm, chirping, cooing or laughing.
Tone Phones (Look and Listen)
What you say is important, but how you communicate it is also important. Using the phone notice how your voice changes the shapes on the screen. How does your tone change the shapes?
Visitors can communicate with one another throughout the exhibit via customized telephones housed in rounded tent-like structures which provide a setting where visitors can have a private conversation.
Visitors sit on an actual-sized teeter totter and work together to create balance using a ball located in the center of the piece. Balance is achieved when the ball is centralized. The activity requires teamwork, communication and cooperation as both participants much work in tandem to succeed.
Release the Negative
Visitors write or draw something on a piece of paper that makes them angry, sad or afraid. The paper is then placed into a slot where the participant manually turns a crank that causes the paper to be shredded. Once shredded, the message is released and becomes part of an ever growing paper mound.
Tokens of Love
Thoughts, ideas and messages of love are written or drawn on a piece of paper. The paper is rolled up and put into a specially make paper compressor. Visitors use their strength to depress a lever that crushes the paper into a small, round token – embossed with a heart. The token can be kept or given away.
Visitors manipulate granulated material across an internally lit sculpted landscape – covering and uncovering areas of the table. As certain areas are uncovered, soothing sounds are emitted. Once covered, the sounds fade away and other areas and sounds are discovered within the table’s landscape.
Art Making Station
The act of making and giving is a way to express love, admiration, and caring. In this area, visitors can die cut and personalize a special box, use their silhouette to create a card or silkscreen print, make a necklace using their token, or write letters. Rotating activities will allow for new experiences and programming throughout the course of the exhibit.