In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the iconic album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, Spotify wanted to create an experience that was worthy of the musician’s classic contribution to the musical lexicon.
Spotify asked their audience to submit love letters to Ms. Hill, giving fans and celebrities alike the opportunity to express her album’s impact on them. They were then to be displayed in a classroom setting, drawing inspiration from the album’s themes on lessons of love.
Using these physical letters as inspiration, world-renowned paper artist Jeff Nishinaka saw further opportunity to bring the entire project to life.
Mixing props and a series of oversized school-inspired paper sculptures made by Nishinaka, a surreal classroom was erected in the middle of a large warehouse space in Brooklyn. As guests explored the classroom, they were immersed in a flurry of fan letters suspended from the ceiling.
Working with the lighting designer Brandon Epperson and his team, Nishinaka’s paper elements were further brought to life through a series of static and moving projections. Classic videos from Lauryn Hill as well as school-inspired graphics danced around the room. The dream-like environment was at once homage to the classic album, and created an emotional connection to its author.