“She was thinking about the way she’d always taken for granted that the world had certain people in it, either central to her days or unseen and infrequently thought of. How without any one of these people the world is a subtly but unmistakably altered place, the dial turned just one or two degrees.” (Station Eleven, St. John Mandel 255)
“Social distancing” has become one of, if not the most frequently used terms in our world today, however, an article in Quartz; an international business news organization critiques this choice of language, stressing the important fact that, “We should be physical distancing…not social distancing” (Anderson)
I wanted to do something that would foster conversation and stand for both local community and global connection right at its essence. I was inspired to create the Windows Project, so I reached out to everyone I knew on various online platforms asking for a picture of their “world from their window” with the goal of creating a collage out of all the pictures.
Not only were people happy to help, but it opened a door for more meaningful conversation giving me the opportunity to ask people how they are doing. I received pictures from friends and family and also people I barely even knew. I was even more surprised at the number of people who loved the project so much that they reached out to their own communities to ask for more pictures to add to the collage.
Excerpt from a university humanities project by Natasha Wells
Anderson, Jenny. “Social Distancing Isn’t the Right Language for What Covid-19 Asks of Us.”Quartz,Quartz, 6 Apr. 2020,
Mandel, Emily St. John. Station Eleven.Toronto, Ontario, Canada :Harper Avenue, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, 2014