The Light of Human Kindness

In 2013, local Richmond artist Patience Salgado wanted to create a wall made of kindness. It started with simple human stories and a mural painted on a 110-ft wall of an old bus depot designed by Hamilton Glass. Then, in true techy spirit, a few guys from our Martin Lab installed 1,000 LED lights, programming them to light up one-by-one in real time as people around the world submitted acts of kindness to the mural’s website. To add an element of interactivity, the team also wired the mural with conductive paint, allowing visitors to change the configuration of the lights by simply touching the wall. It’s part art, part technology and full-on kindness.