New attraction in Antwerp whispers universal messages. The Antwerp Whisperer is more than just a few sculptures in the city. It offers a personal experience which is a world-first.
On Monday 8 June 2015, at the MAS, the interactive art initiative 'The Antwerp Whisperer' was unveiled: a monumental combination of 5 larger than life sculptures that are mounted on the roof and against the facade of a renovated warehouse at Godefriduskaai and Willemdok next to the MAS. The Whisperer - the sculpture erected on the roof of the warehouse - whispers personal and general messages that are received by the sculpture positioned near the dock. The sculptures are the brainchildren of Belgian Campine artist Daisy Boman, who is well-known in the art world thanks to her universal Bo-men. This unique, interactive project connects the business community, technology and cultural world, and contributes to the local and international character of the “Eilandje” and Antwerp city in general.
Get The Antwerp Whisperer to deliver a personal message to a loved one, (grand)child, (grand)parent, a friend visiting Antwerp... Record your own message using the free App 'De Fluisteraar'. (Recording and sending a message costs €1.99. Packages are available which reduces the cost per message). Upon entering a personal code, the person for whom the message is intended will be able to listen to The Antwerp Whisperer at the Willemdok. Every passer-by will be treated to a pre-recorded message from The Antwerp Whisperer that is available in Dutch, English and French, and which will be updated monthly. They are compiled by the Whisper Board, a small society that is tasked to deliver messages that invite you to reflect or bring a smile to your face. Listening to these general messages is free.
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