ortals have been erected in Poland, but they are not supernatural or extraterrestrial, rather human-made "digital bridges" that would help cities like Vilnius, Lithuania, and Lublin to stay connected to this pandemic. The goal of the project is to connect people and see real-time events in another city, despite being hundreds of miles away, and "rethink the idea of unity."
The world has been on lockdowns amidst this COVID-19 pandemic so that it would stem the transmission of the virus and hinder the infection from spreading, especially for those considered at-risk against it. This setting has rapidly evolved the world as a technology-inclined society, where everyone relies on their smartphones for communication and information.
While what the Polish cities did were not that technologically advanced, it brought the idea of "portals" and interconnectedness to the table and has given people an awe-inspiring message despite what the world has faced. This is part of the city's campaign of helping people amidst this pandemic and trying times, where it feels like the world is on its own.
Vilnius, Lithuania, Lublin Has Portals Popping Up
A big, round screen showing another place is considered in the mainstream media as a "portal," and supposedly, these things may help a person step from one place to another. However, Vilnius, Lithuania, and Lublin, Poland's portals are not like that; rather, they are only mirroring the real-time feed from the cities more than 300 miles away.
According to Go Vilnius' press release, this venture is to help residents "connect" with other people from a nearby city and is a venture intended to bring the feeling of having a "portal" amidst them. The portal was created to "rethink the idea of unity" amongst different Polish cities, as spearheaded by its "initiator," the Benediktas Gylys Foundation.
The interconnectedness of these cities will mirror the feeling of meeting new people from other cities, without the need to travel from one place to another and avoiding the dangers of transmitting COVID-19. Vilnius' portal is located in the city's center, right at the train station where hundreds of people pass by and can see those from other cities.
Why were Portals Used to Create these Real-time Mirrors?
According to Go Vilnius and the Crossroads Center for Intercultural Creative Initiatives, the round and massive portal was intended to represent the "well of time," which is also the same on science fiction media. This aims to show the interconnectedness of cities in real-time, acting as mirrors that show that of their neighboring cities.
While no plans or ventures are looking to transport a person instantly, from one place to another using a portal, this is the closest connection that humanity can get in going to another place virtually.
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Written by Isaiah Richard