Isabella Stewart Gardner Living Room Project – by artist Lee Mingwei
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.
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.
“It’s time to stop running
to listen to the needs
of our world
to think of tomorrow
and not just today”
“I am fearful that our new Prime minister has ruined any chance we had to save the environment, and ourselves”- Davina, Australia”