Messages From the Park is an interactive sculpture that invites residents of one space to occupy another through story telling.
This interactive piece was made with the intention to connect two sites and communities within Vancouver. The gap between socio-economic groups has widened and the homeless further marginalized. The result of our initial confusion regarding the wants and needs of homeless unveiled their desire to speak, subvert, and tell their own stories.
To connect the two spaces, we had to consider the context and alter our piece to suit the unique needs of the user in each of the spaces. In Oppenheimer we chose a simple table with a messaging inviting people within the park to share their stories with Vancouver Public Library. We pared down the final design of the table to make it approachable to those in the park. The table is pressure sensitive and while the user writes or draws whatever they wish at Oppenheimer Park pins contained in a wall at V.P.L protrude into the space in correlation to the drawing on the table.