The Dialogue Project, a public art exhibit that showcases nine 5-by-7-foot screens covered with hundreds of quotes from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Emily Dickinson, Mahatma Gandhi and others, is touring US cities until 2007. Designed by San Francisco artist Mike Garibaldi Frick, it is currently in Denver.
The Denver Post reports Frick’s goal:
“I wanted to create something in public spaces that showed commonalities and brought people together,” Frick said, “while at the same time sparking meaningful conversations.”
Some quotes are displayed in larger type, while others remain smaller and require readers to move closer. It’s the gimmick that draws viewers – the large quotes grab onlookers’ eyes, they find one that resonates and then they start reading the smaller.
Apparently it is working, in New York Frick reports that:
…people would come out of the subway, and they’d be trying to go somewhere, but they’d have to stop to read the screens at the same time. … One person said: ‘I have to go to work. I have an appointment. But I have to stop and read this, because it’s so engaging.’
According to the website, the other part of this project is a documentary being filmed as it tours.
Creation of Dialogue and the national tour is being covered by an award winning documentary crew. The final film will document all aspects of Dialogue – from the “behind the scenes” creative process to the amazing cross country journey, event installations, audience reactions and commentary from the media and the world’s leading experts on the power of dialogue. Final distribution might include: HBO, PBS, Sundance, Discovery Channel and/or limited theatrical release in 2007.
The website has a lot more about this interesting project, including more of the quotes. This is the one that caught my eye: