The Curiosity Passport promises to inspire play and exploration of the area. Which, in turn, it will hopefully turn into a deeper emotional connection with the featured landmarks, the area, and the community!

It is more than just an art installation to be viewed in one location, more than just a scavenger hunt. It fuses art with adventure! Participants are encouraged to join in a scavenger hunt for letterboxes hidden around the area. It has two components:

  1. The Eco-Art Curiosity Boxes representing each landmark in the project. They include mini-mosaics, upcycled from used plastic gift cards and upcycled assemblage art.

  2. Pick up a Passport and follow the clues to find hidden additional art, in the form of letterboxes, at the locations that inspired the Curiosity Boxes (can you match them up?)!  

Below, check out some of the work that goes into creating the Curiosity Passport. 

Add the Curiosity Passport to your community!

The Curiosity Passport is more than just an art installation to be viewed in one location, more than just a scavenger hunt. It is interactive, exciting, exploratory, inspiring, open to all ages, and simply filled with fun! It fuses art with adventure. It encourages participants to join in a scavenger hunt for letterboxes hidden around the metro.

Audiences may start at the wall of eco-art mini-mosaics to find the catalyst of the project. Each mini-mosaic is created by the hands of eco-artist, Alexis Webb Bechtold, from upcycled used plastic gift cards (see the making of one of these unique creations in the video above), and references an awesome location in the area.

While enjoying the mini-mosaics, they may also view two short videos, produced by videographer, Brandon Smith, displayed on tablets that are integrated into the esthetics of the wall display. One video will showcase the behind-the-scenes of creating the entire Curiosity Passport: making the mini-mosaics, letterboxes, and planting (aka hiding) the letterboxes out in the world. The other video will serve as an introduction tutorial to letterboxing.

 

Letterboxing is like geocaching, but with an art twist. Each letterbox has a clue (usually found online), that leads to a small box in real life. Inside the box is a hand carved rubber stamp, and a logbook. The finders of the letterbox are encouraged to record their find in the box’s logbook by stamping their own signature stamp (usually also hand carved) or a thumbprint, then use the box’s stamp in their personal logbook of finds. The Curiosity Passport letterboxes’ stamps will look similar to the image on the mini-mosaic that led to this box. The clues for the boxes will be in the form of photo clues or video clues. This will lower the barrier to entry for participants. The clues will be accessible through the robust letterboxing community website, www.atlasquest.com

 

If participants do not already have a letterboxing logbook, they may purchase one designed exclusively for the Curiosity Passport, preferably at the location of the mini-mosaic wall. The logbooks would be available for $5, printed by www.Scoutbooks.com or a local eco-friendly printer.

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Northland Fountain

KC, MO