To celebrate the bank’s 200th year, we’ve introduced a new twist on an old idea: an interactive fountain where people can make digital wishes, large and small. Realized by artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins, the fountain is the first of its kind, paying homage to the past by combining 50,000 flip dots – reminiscent of those once used in railway station arrival-departure boards – with state-of-the-art digital technology that animates the fountain when people interact with it. Simply choose a category, make a wish, and toss the digital coin to wish it forward. Visitors can share their wish with friends on social media, and see others’ wishes in BMO’s online wish universe.
Throughout 2017, we’ll be fulfilling a number of these wishes – in categories such as Green, Togetherness, Legacy and Community – as a way of saying thank-you to communities where we do business. Individuals and organizations are invited to “wish it forward” online at BMO200.com or by visiting the BMO200 fountain at bank locations in Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. Smaller versions will also travel to select branches and sponsored events across North America. “We hope to see a variety of wishes made through the BMO200 fountain in the coming months – everything from greening public spaces to recognizing people who have gone above and beyond for their community,” said Cameron Fowler, Group Head, Canadian Personal & Commercial Banking, when the 17-foot fountain was activated at Toronto’s First Canadian Place in January 2017. “BMO’s wish is that, in any small way, the wishes that we’re able to fulfill may cause a ripple effect that can be long lasting.”
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