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This project is in collaboration with Denver Theatre District’s Happy City: Art for the People, a citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being.

Fabricated and installed by Proctor Productions, Emotional Baggage Drop (hello stranger) is an audience-led art installation by British artist Stuart Semple that explores ways to alleviate anxiety and feelings of isolation through the social benefits of trusting strangers. The installation mimics a luggage drop that collects emotional, as opposed to physical, baggage within the great hall of Union Station. At this private booth, people are invited to confidentially share their burdens with a stranger who, in turn, listens to and accepts their emotional baggage. By bringing strangers together, instigating intimacy, and asking participants to share personal hardships, this artwork endeavors to create trustful human interactions.

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Some recent press about the project:

https://www.cpr.org/news/story/get-ready-to-smile-new-downtown-art-will-give-denver-a-happy-city-makeover

https://www.denverite.com/emotional-baggage-drop-more-denver-happy-city-51804/

https://www.9news.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/next-with-kyle-clark/union-station-will-have-a-place-for-all-your-emotional-baggage/73-8130893

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/lifestyle/you-can-now-drop-your-emotional-baggage-at-denvers-union-station

https://theknow.denverpost.com/2018/05/18/happy-city-denver-public-art/184905/

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