Our Memories at Naumburg Bandshell is a one-day audience participatory outdoor installation comprised of translucent, neuron-inspired sculptures that explore themes of memory storage, retrieval and creation. The sculptures contain cavities for participants to place color-coded “memory” stones, which are color-coded into six emotive categories: joy, anger, love, sadness, fear, and surprise. Contributors transform the sculptures by recalling a powerful memory and then depositing its representative stone in a sculpture. The sculptures will take on the colors of the collective “memories” and transform as the piece comes to life and stores more memories. This action is intended to visually incite participants to consider the concept of the interior self, particularly how our experiences and memories are encoded and stored. This active act of recollection not only stirs up personal memories, it also physiologically generates a new “collective memory”. The work is both a collective memorial, made complete by hundreds of individual memories, and an experience that connects participants to their present moment and to one another. It also provides a platform for individual experiences and memories to connect people in intimate and expansive ways in a large city. The larger vision is to add new and distinct memory sculptures with each installation, ultimately collecting emotions and memories from people all over the world.
After the event, the filled sculptures will be moved to Thomas Paine Park in the Financial District for a long-term installation.