Grand Park

CNN: The Portals Project: This gold box is 'better than Facebook'

CNN: The Portals Project: This gold box is 'better than Facebook'

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.

LA Courthouse News: Art ‘Portal’ Connects LA With Iraqi Refugees – in Real Time

LA Courthouse News: Art ‘Portal’ Connects LA With Iraqi Refugees – in Real Time

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Inside the gleaming dark gold shipping container in LA’s Grand Park, the three art students giggled uneasily. They sat in a room carpeted from floor to ceiling in charcoal gray, facing a screen that showed two Iraqi men, Muhammad and Rami, sitting on lime-green plastic chairs in a similarly enclosed space.