Urban Architecture

A room covered in over 1,000 feet of handwritten and scanned letters about loneliness, with the ceiling and floor covered in large mirrors that create the illusion of letters on loneliness stretching into eternity.

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JESSICA LAO

"The only thing I’ve figured out about loneliness is that the less you care about being it, the less lonely you feel. In theory this sounds deep, but whether this leads to independence or apathy, I don’t know—check back here in thirty years to find out I guess."

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SARAH LAO

"I can’t remember a time when loneliness hasn’t been a part of my life. Whether I feel it gnawing under my skin or spread buttery over my skull, loneliness has been my unwanted and sometimes unnoticed companion. I think, in this way, everyone is lonely to a certain degree, and I hope this project is helpful in sharing that unsaid loneliness."

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CARISSA CHEN

"I grew up as the only kid of a single mother, moving seven times between five cities in hopes of finding home. I loved my solitude and the places my imagination took me, but loneliness always felt a corner away. When I started writing poetry and meeting other artists, I found myself opening up. The warmth of this community has stayed with me, and I hosted a radio show with one of my best friends where I interview strangers with the 36 questions to fall in love. Loneliness is still a color in my life, but I have found joy in it."

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Still scrolling? Take five minutes and write a letter!

STEP 1

Get out your pen and paper, and write (or draw, or compose) a letter about loneliness.

STEP 2

Scan or take a photo of your letter and upload to our website.

STEP 3

Check back to see it on our gallery, in research papers, or in the art exhibit below...

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