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 and a portable floor is provided. A 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, then tie your answers to rungs for others to read. The result is a constantly changing collection of tags that form an 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 shapes, visitors fit puzzle pieces together to create paths, shapes and patterns. Words and symbols on the pieces allow visitors to create stories, make connections and stimulate conversation relating to key points in the exhibit. A large platform housing the pieces allow several groups to create their own finished puzzles, perhaps joining them together in the end.
Visitors create a five-second video of themselves making a facial expression prompted by a word on the screen – happy, sad, angry, frightened or hurt. Their video is added to a 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 allow visitors to trace each other’s profile on a sheet of paper. Tracing requires paying attention to the person being drawn. When complete, visitors can compare silhouettes, noting the similarities and differences in each other.
Facial features digitally printed on hand sized wooden blocks allow visitors to create unique faces and 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, chirp, coo or laughter.
Tone Phones (Look and Listen)
What you say is important, but how you communicate it is also important. Using the phone, visitors notice how their voices change the shapes on the screen. How does your tone change the shapes?
Visitors communicate with one another throughout the exhibit via customized telephones housed in rounded tent-like structures. These nooks provide a setting for private conversations.
Visitors sit on a full-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 participants much work in tandem to succeed.
Release the Negative
Visitors write or draw something that makes them angry, sad or afraid on a piece of paper. The paper is then placed into a slot where the participant manually turns a crank to send it through a manual shredder. Once shredded, the message is released and becomes part of an ever growing paper mass that can be collected in jars and made into a changing visual display.
Tokens of Love
Visitors write or draw thoughts, ideas and messages of love on a piece of paper. They roll the paper up and put it into a specially-made paper compressor. Visitors then use their strength to operate a lever that crushes the paper into a small, round token, embossed with a heart. The token can be kept or gifted.
Visitors manipulate granulated material across an internally-lit sculpted landscape. As certain areas of the surface are uncovered, soothing sounds are emitted. When entirely 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 diecut 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 allow for new experiences and programming throughout the length of the exhibit.