The Power of Interactive Monuments

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen digital interactivity span the genre of monuments before, but after stumbling on “The Living Tribute” I’m now going to say it’s got infinite potential for success. This project took place in Canada for April 28th’s “Day of Mourning,” which remembers those affected by workplace injuries, illness, and fatality.  In just one day, over 5,000 Canadians lit digital candles by pressing their finger to a touch-screen.  See the video below:

Memorials and Monuments are built for people to participate through remembering and relating, so it’s no surprise that digital interactivity complements it.  Some memorials are interactive without going digital; take the holocaust memorial in Berlin, for example, which engages its audience physically and emotionally through architecture.  Other memorials are found on websites, interactive in a very straight-forward way.  I look forward to seeing more digital interactivity (or non-digital, doesn’t really matter) in the realm of monuments and memorials. I think it has a lot of potential.

One thought on “The Power of Interactive Monuments

  1. In Charlottesville, VA, there is a museum at the base of Monticello that has an interactive board. It’s an entire wall about ten feet by probably 30 feet, if I remember correctly. Interactive in the sense of a touch screen that links to other information — like a computer screen.

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