A year ago, plans were released for what would be a language arts museum at the historic Franklin School at 13th and K Streets NW. On Monday, representatives from the city and for the non-profit now dubbed “Planet Word” gathered to break ground on the development and preview some of the exhibits.
“We’ve invented something totally new: a museum without a collection, one built on nouns, verbs, adjectives, puns, questions, and quotations,” Planet Word founder and philanthropist Ann Friedman stated during the ceremony. More specifically, all of the exhibits will be technology-driven and have interactive components that seek to “show and not tell”, as Jake Barton, principal of exhibit design firm Local Projects described.
Barton offered a few examples of what some exhibits may look like:
•A 20-plus foot-high interactive wall with over 1,000 words that enables two-way communication.
•A wall that allows visitors to “paint with words” using video projectors.
•An LED ball at the apex of the building that represents the globe.