Seed of Truce

small pieces of origami projecting dimly lit blue light from a ceiling

Seed of Truce is an interactive public artwork produced by Tangible, installed at the Vancouver Public Library.

The installation encouraged people to think about how they might help achieve peace. Visitors wrote their thoughts on paper, folded it origami-style before clipping on a small, blinking, white LED light.

The ‘seed‘ was then shot through a vacuum tube into the library rafters from where it slowly fluttered down, gently resting in a net slung above the library atrium filled with thousands of other participants pulsing messages.

Truly collective, this emotive artwork grew in size with each very personal contribution. It was a potent reminder that the strive for peace requires participation, action and imagination.

a small child handling and helping assemble something

A child assembling a Seed of Truce for Tangible Interaction's installation in the Downtown Vancouver Public Library during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

someone finishing an origami style piece with an LED light at the end of it

Another person finishing the assembly of a Seed of Truce for Tangible Interaction's installation in the Downtown Vancouver Public Library during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

a picture of an origami style, flattened cone-shape paper with an LED light at the end of it

A completed Seed of Truce for Tangible Interaction's installation in the Downtown Vancouver Public Library during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

A crowd of people looking up, noticing something in awe on the ceiling.

A crowd onlooking Tangible Interaction's Seed of Truce installation in the Downtown Vancouver Public Library during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

many paper style, folded cone-shaped origami designs hanging from a net on the ceiling.

Many Seed's of Truce assembled by the public for Tangible Interaction's installation in the Downtown Vancouver Public Library during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games hanging from the ceiling.