We initially discussed place-based stories back in 2006, noting the way [murmur] provided people experiencing a place to add a story about their engagement with it. To listen to the stories, visitors to that place simply called a number on their mobile device.
I was reminded of the [murmur] service this past weekend while walking through the Missouri Botanical Gardens(MoBot) here in St. Louis. MoBot is hosting the Niki exhibit, showing forty mosaic sculptures done by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 – 2002). Each sculpture is assigned a unique number that corresponds to an audio message for that work. For example, La Cabeza information is available at (314) 558-4357 11#.
While listening to the audio messages that correspond to each sculpture I thought of the [murmur] service and how nice it would be to add my own impressions of the artist’s work to share with others who visit MoBot. La Cabeza leaves a visceral impression since you can go inside it to a meditation room. Although MoBot allows listeners to leave comments, sharing impressions with others visiting the exhibit would add to the experience.
The Buddha sculpture was also one of my favorites.
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