The Beverly Oracle

The Beverly Oracle -- Poets and Writers Answer Our Deepest Questions by Anne Kreamer

Commissioned by an NEA Arts and Cultural District Public Art Competition, "The Beverly Oracle" is a new permanent work for the Beverly Common by artist Anna Schuleit Haber, jointly hosted by the city of Beverly, Montserrat College, and Beverly Main Streets. The public art display, called the "Oracle" will consist of a single-room box in the middle of Beverly Common: four walls, a door and a ceiling.  The walls will be transparent until the viewer sits down in a chair in the room, and then they will block the view from the outside. A voice will automatically come from a speaker in the room, telling you to ask a question.

This short film is the trailer for the project's road trip to dozens of poets and writers across America in search of answers for the Oracle. Our road trip will include a forty year-old Buick "Centurion" convertible and a changing cast of co-pilots and navigators, including artists Anna Schuleit Haber, Madeleine Jennings, Caitlyn Doolittle, Katie Dygon, Finnegan, the project dog, and many others.