The Conversation Station (2019)
Project: Event Interactive Light Art Installation in Public Park apart of the Critical Northwest Week-long Art Festival
Materials: PVC, Galvanized Steel, Flagging Tape, LED Strip Lighting & Floods, Plywood, Paint
Status: Built, Complete
Role: Design & Installation
Team: Aaron Woodward, Tuline Kinaci, Jackson Xiao, Katherine Tole, Matthew Tole
Sponsoring Organization: Ignition Northwest.
Location: Granite Falls, WA
Date: July 2019
The Conversation Bar was a temporary light art installation and intimate space for creating meaningful, conscious conversation and story sharing.
Conscious conversation is the cornerstone of deep community. If we can create spaces where people feel safe to be vulnerable, and then go the step further to ask the difficult questions and 'do the work'--we can support one another in making leaps forward in our healing and personal growth.
Joseph Campbell, in the Power of Myth, writes about how all human stories ultimately have the same threads and themes running through them. Our individual stories (and personal myths) can have powerful holds over our lives--stories of joy and sorrow, triumph and shame, love, and anger. They influence how we show up and the impact we can make. When we share those stories, and see ourselves reflected back in other peoples stories, we are able to connect more deeply to our humanity, heal our trauma, and deepen our own empathy with others.
The Conversation Bar reflects this desire to share our personal stories more freely, and to be met by love in the sharing. Even just having a place to post anonymously our story can be incredibly healing. Whether through conversation or writing, The Conversation Bar is trying to connect people through story telling.