A public art installation makes it possible for people far apart to interact with each other. It links the cities of Vilnius, Lithuania, and Lublin, Poland, which are 376 miles (605 km) apart. The project "Portal—a Bridge to the United Planet" consists of huge orbs with cameras that transmit real-time video between them. So before you hop on your commuter train in the morning, you can greet commuters and other passersby in the other city.
The goal of the project is to create a bridge between people. The project redefines the idea of unity. It's timely because the COVID pandemic has isolated us. The pandemic has created distance between us that is more than just geographical. So connecting us to our sisters and brothers in other parts of the world can help reduce that distance. More installations are being planned between cities—Vilnius and Reyjavik are next, followed by Reyjavik and London.