500 years of history, stories, news, and data have been recorded by letterpress. When the tiny metal block letters are not busy at work, when not neatly arranged in their plates, they are stored in square wooden pocket-style drawers. A single drawer contains hundreds of letters and is capable of representing in nite stories: emotions, places, and events both real and imagined.
We will create a large walnut panel made of small 4 inch square cells. Each square will hold an object representative of one Philadelphians story which will be numbered to correspond with an online story. Our preliminary research has found that people are excited about the opportunity to present their own story and to share their own little treasure – perhaps even a little competitive.