Kymaerica in Lincoln

Our current guest blogger here on the Gameshelf came to visit the Boston area several months ago to do some guest lecturing. On his plane ride over, he read in an in-flight magazine about Eames Demetrios and Kcymaerxthaere (or Kymaerica). Kymaerica is “a global work of three dimensional storytelling,” wherein plaques are placed throughout the world and give little bits of story related to a parallel universe.

It turns out that there is a plaque not far from Boston, and as our visitor also wanted to see some graves nearby, we decided to make a trip of it.

We had a nice little adventure trying to find the plaque. First, the description on the website was a bit off. After searching around for a bit, we decided to ask someone about it. We found a guy doing yard work. He knew what we were talking about (but didn’t know what it was for) and pointed us a bit farther up the road, saying it was just behind this minivan that we could see. So we went to the minivan, and sure enough there was a low stone wall there (the name of the plaque/site is “Nayumbo’s Wall”), so we thought we were on the right track. However, nowhere on that wall could we find a plaque.

We dug through leaves, we looked on the other side of the road, we went up and down the road, but we just couldn’t find it. We had thoughts about knocking on the door of the house with the minivan, but it looked pretty quiet, and it was relatively early on a weekend morning, so we didn’t want to disturb anyone. We were very close to giving up, when a small boy came out of the house and started running around the yard. I think I must have looked at him as he was running, because my eye was drawn to another part of the wall that was on their property, back from the road a good 30 feet, and I saw the plaque.

I called the rest of the party over, and by that time a man had emerged from the house. We chatted with him for a while, and it turns out that he was Eames’s roommate in college, which is why he had a plaque. During the winter, he puts the plaque away because it gets buried in snow piles that are generated when the road is plowed, and he doesn’t want to risk it getting damaged. He hadn’t yet put it back out for the season, but he did so then.

Have any Gameshelf readers seen any of the other plaques (there’s a map on the website)? Care to share your stories?

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