Park Pause connects residents to infrastructure with viewpoints of select public parks. We foreground the places
where memories form, are shaped into monuments, and re-enacted through events. In the USA, people in power
decide the sites of a public park, what monuments are situated there, and what events take place. We can take
that power and use it cultivate to true common places that compel casual appreciation, direct engagement, and
Park Pause is an open, cyber-physical participatory project. This site hosts an index of digital environments inspired by particular public parks.
Public parks shape personal memories. Personal memories interact with public memory in a dance named mythology.
People manifest mythology through monuments and events. Monuments and events provide common meaning for each
individual's interaction with a park's landscape.
Monuments are a type of sympathetic magic that propels public memory. They look like objects such as sculptures, tire swings, signage, paved paths, and gardens. Events are the rituals that charge the magic of monuments. They are enacted by groups with common traits. They look like collective experiences such as a game of tag, a bazaar, a parade, a music festival.
These digital environments exist as event-monuments: interactive places that people can visit simultaneously through the magic mirror of a computer screen.
Click the link to wander through the dream versions of the four smallest parks in Houston. This experience does not work on mobile.
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