It’s been just over a month since the Fourth Wall exhibit launched at the Urban Space Gallery, and I can’t tell you how inspired and amazed I am by the public response. I knew that a handful of municipal geeks would be into it, and some long-time urban activists… but I didn’t expect a non-stop flow of students, civil servants, politicians, journalists, etc.
I’ve been leading tours through the exhibit, almost daily. And each group brings with them a different point of view and different suggestions/questions. And no matter what their age, or background, or career, they all seem genuinely interested in the subject matter – even the students who are forced to be there!
All of this simply proves the thesis of the exhibit which is that people are passionate about their city, and feel excluded from the processes that shape it. When they hear about the idea of actively ‘participating’ in city-building, they get excited and interested.
In the meantime, I’m easing into my new life as a Gallery Tour Guide as well as the unexpected role of Gallery Maintenance Director, which includes changing light bulbs, re-stocking pens and stickers, repairing damaged panels, etc…
I’m having a great time, and want to thank everyone who has dropped by, and all the great folks at UrbanSpace for hosting the exhibit!
Here are photos of some of the visitors we’ve seen so far at the exhibit: