Multidisciplinary arts, design and technology collective Shared Studios is creating portals in cities around the world, spanning from Detroit to Kabul, to connect people and create a new global community.
Thousands of commuters buzz by it; dozens more see it from the Starbucks line less than 100 feet away. But only a few enter this gold box in the middle of downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park.
"That was amazing," Bernadine Harris said as she stepped out of the shipping container covered in gold paint.
Moments before, she was speaking live to an Iraqi refugee standing in front of her — on a large video screen.
A video created by ABC News about a Portal Screen connecting the United Nations General Assembly to the Harsham Camp for Refugees & IDPs in Erbil run by UNICEF Iraq.
It looks like a shipping container, but it's so much more. This gold painted portal is allowing people in Milwaukee to connect with portals in 29 countries. On Friday, thoughts on crime prevention were exchanged. Conversations in the Milwaukee portal are being recorded. The dialogue will be shared with researchers at Yale University, who are trying to better understand the public perception of police.
The truck-size metal container sitting in a downtown park here isn't meant to raise awareness about the global shipping industry, though it may nudge some people's curiosity in that direction.
A TV piece on the Newark_Portal, engaged in Criminal Justice Dialogues.