Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum- my day as a Living Room Host


Isabella Stewart Gardner Living Room Project – by artist Lee Mingwei

Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (9)

I had the pleasure of being at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as their Living Room Project host this past Saturday! After chatting with visitors for a couple of hours, I felt once again reaffirmed that the world needs what we do!! As I heard about security staff at the museum who spend more on transportation than they get paid due to the snow-inflicted commuting problems (a net loss for hourly workers!!!), I am sure I was hearing a foreshadowing of future problems due to increasing weather extremes.IMG_2423

Hosts are invited to bring a collection, and I brought pieces of Message in a Bottle and Rising Tides, and invited people to leave their messages to the world. By the time I had left, a row of message bottles were filled! You can see them on the bookcase top behind the sofa, next to a Framingham State student writing a message.Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (4)

Here are all of the messages I collected:Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (7)

“It’s time to stop running

to listen to the needs

of our world

to think of tomorrow

and not just today”

 

 

Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (6)

“I am fearful that our new Prime minister has ruined any chance we had to save the environment, and ourselves”- ┬áDavina, Australia”

Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (1)

Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (8)Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (10)Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (3)Gardner.Living Room Project (10 small) (5)