Fatigued of pandemic travel limitations and longing to get out and see new individuals? The city of Vilnius, Lithuania has intriguing arrangement: A constant “portal” to another city. They truly bet everything on the thought and the plan; it looks a lot like something out of the recent science fiction film/show Stargate.
The city introduced a round “entryway” for the gateway close to its train station that interfaces with an entrance in Lublin, Poland, around 600 kilometers (or approximately 375 miles) away. The entryways both have enormous screens and cameras that transmission live pictures between the two urban communities—a sort of advanced extension, as indicated by its makers—intended to urge individuals to “reconsider the significance of solidarity,” Go Vilnius said in an official statement. Aw.
“Humanity is facing many potentially deadly challenges; be it social polarization, climate change or economic issues. However, if we look closely, it’s not a lack of brilliant scientists, activists, leaders, knowledge or technology causing these challenges. It’s tribalism, a lack of empathy and a narrow perception of the world, which is often limited to our national borders,” says Benediktas Gylys, President of the Benediktas Gylys Foundation and who Go Vilnius credits as the “initiator” of the portal idea. He says the project is “a bridge that unifies and an invitation to rise above prejudices and disagreements that belong to the past.”
The circle configuration, intended to summon the wheel of time, and a “notable … science fiction image,” was planned by engineers at the Creativity and Innovation Center (LinkMenu fabrikas) at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University—also known as Vilnius Tech. It was five years really taking shape, and its divulging toward the finish of a yearlong pandemic is all around planned. There are plans to add entrances in different urban communities later on, coordinators say. The entrance is a joint venture with the Benediktas Gylys Foundation, the City of Vilnius, the City of Lublin, and the Crossroads Center for Intercultural Creative Initiatives.
“From design and 3D modelling, to digital content development and logistic challenges – a project like this requires a broad and multifunctional team,” said Adas Meskenas, director of LinkMenu fabrikas. “Meaningful projects like this one are born when diverse people succeed in working together and achieving synchronicity.”
Is it somewhat cheesy? Maybe. But on the other hand it’s acceptable and enchanting and I am in support of building more gateways since it has been a long, difficult year and we as a whole could utilize a tad of new motivation.