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Paula Crown’s virtual ‘message in a bottle’ encourages Rockefeller Center visitors to share positivity in a time where interaction is distant

Artist Paula Crown’s interactive piece, EMANARE appears at Rockefeller Center this September, encouraging visitors, both in-person and virtually, to send messages of positive intention emanating into the world.

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Inspired by Buddhist prayer wheels, the artwork is activated when viewers collaborate by sending messages to benefit the whole. 

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Emanare, the Latin word for emanate, means to flow out, to send forth, and to emit. Using the available QR code (below), participants are prompted to write a positive message that they wish to share. 

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Affirmations including “Take it easy on yourself”, “You are made of strong stuff” and “Time to eat right” begin to appear in a digital scroll against a backdrop of colors taken from the artist’s skyscape paintings. Eventually, these messages layer, conjoin and merge into one another, transforming the work into a collection of each participant’s unique contribution. 

What positive message do you want to emanate to the world today? 

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Passions and sentiments not only stir the emotions, but they also charge the globe. Electrify the world by transmitting a positive note that, like a great novelist, thrills the spirit through the word.

Please use the QR code to add your missive to this prompt; it will later be displayed on the adjoining LED screens to form a collection of electronic message bottles. Over time, new lines will be added so that each participant’s unique mark not only conjures but conjoins with one another’s.

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Paula Crown’s interactive piece, EMANARE will be installed at Rockefeller Center from Tuesday September 7 through September 30, 2020.

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