Everyday and more we are making a step closer to improve the humankind and our relation with one another. We are embracing the freedom of expressing ourselves. We are accepting others for what they are. The division between people is an ancient problem, that requires modern solutions. One amazing example of that is the ‘PORTAL’ which makes the distance between Vilnius and Lublin seem shorter.
Throughout history we’ve always had a division. Either between classes, race, religion. But there was always something that set the norms in the society and people just went by the rulebook. Nowadays, we’re free. We are free in the sense of choosing, speaking out, doing what our heart desires.
This amazing work speaks up to the union between people and cities. The Portal is opened in two European cities, making the distance between them seem shorter. Similar to the amazing concept, the object as well looks very cool and futuristic.
To celebrate this union engineers from the Vilnius Tech creativity and innovation center LinkMenų fabrics built the portal. They chose a circle, a well-known and recognized sci-fi symbol, for the visual ‘bridge’. Resembling the wheel of time, the portal allows a person to travel and experience reality on the other side of this bridge. In Vilnius, the portal is located next to the Vilnius train station. Meanwhile, in Lublin, it resides on Plac Litewski.
“Many of the potentially deadly challenges humanity is facing, such as polarization and climate change, were caused by a lack of understanding of others and the world at large,” says Benediktas Gylys, the man behind this awesome idea. So the PORTAL should unite people and is an invitation to rise above the illusion of division that we created ourselves.
The ‘portals’ both have screens and cameras to broadcast the other city live.
The view that you see on the screen resembles the ‘overview effect’, which is what astronauts experience when they see Earth from space.
Nonetheless, this is not a one-time project. The organizers plan to further connect the world using dozens of PORTALS across Europe and around the world in the near future. The aim is to engage communities and encourage a public movement to embrace social experiments, unexpected reactions, as well as the unity of different cultures and their people in the long-run.