Mary Baker Eddy Library

Hall of Ideas

Boston, MA | 2002

Small Design Firm was selected to create an interactive presentation of great ideas from throughout history that have transformed the world in a positive manner, in the newly renovated Hall of Ideas at The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity in Boston. The piece consists of a set of real-time computer animations projected and integrated into the design of the Hall. The centerpiece in the Hall is a new fountain, designed by Howard Ben Tre, from which quotations, formed from virtual projected letters, emerge along with the flowing water. After the quotations spill from the fountain, they migrate onto the floor as individual words, which “swim” to their destination – one of two arches in the Hall, where the quotations resolve into their final form which can be examined in detail, along with the author, origin, and date.