those photos are taking forever to load on my poor 56k modem
DSL is whatcha need!
not so much an "amazing" story as a hokey story
I thought this story was awesome. Nothing like a little interactive art to lift someone's day...
i guess i don't get into the cheesey-you-are-beautiful-you-are-bad-you-are-beat-you-are-beat-(never)-hokey-dokey-mushy-mushy debate.
I know i am being very critical of this. There is a great value in this exercise. I enjoy the notion of turning a boring fence into an easy means of communcation visible for many to see easily. However, my complaint is the cheesey third grade conversation these parties had. "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL" then "YOU ARE BAD" and so on. There's not much value there for me. C'mon... "YOU ARE FOREVER"? I feel like I'm reading one of those "love is...." cartoons. PUKE! At least there was more thought put into the negative comments. The "YOU ARE A FEVER" statement was slightly interesting. But the hokey love nut responded with "YOU ARE A LOVER". How vanilla and boring is that? I suppose I expect higher standards of communication in my styrofoam cup fence art.
I suppose it comes from my Lutheran upbringing. I can't stand Christians who claim to be non-denominational and their message is simply "God loves you. God loves you. Be happy." There's so much more to life. There's no thought in being a drone. There's so much more meaning in life. I've been to a few non-demoninational services. It's a very basic message. There's very little thought required. You are treated like 6 year olds. I am an adult. I am capable of complex thoughts. There is alot of depth in religion. I expect my religion to explore those depths. I can't stand churches that simply skim the surface and don't discuss complex ideas. There is little motivation in that.
I've rambled on enough. I enjoy the interaction these indivduals had with this styrofoam cup fence. I just wish their thoughts didn't max out at a third grade level. But I guess it's better than just leaving the fence alone and empty. kudos for doing something. let's just take it to the next level!
I suppose more philosophical messages could have been arranged in the fence, but the thoughts probably maxed "out a third grade level" because of space/time/materials restrictions. Perhaps more meaningful messages could have been achieved with single words that would make you run to a dictionary, but I really believe that the exercise here had less to do with the message and more to do with the uniqueness and interactivity.
good point, Tom.
Even cheesey schmaltzie messages do make an effect on the general mass of people. The first time I saw a "You are beautiful" sticker made me quite happy.
Yes, it is nice to be intellectually stimulated and have deep thoughts, but it's also nice to see something and just be happy for a bit.
So for me, it's not so much just the uniqueness and interactivity, it's the joy that it brings. The interactivity is just a vehicle that carries the joy.
Then again, it is the interacivity that does make this a fun thing.
I like the idea of something unexpected, anything out of the ordinary seems to make people stop and think....when it doesn't fit the day to day routine..it kind of wakes you up for a moment...
To unlikely moose in the deep religious quandry...biblically referenced.."lean not on your on understanding." might have something to do with the simplicity of their statements...maybe somethings words just can't do justice for..we can try..