A giant selfie mirror is popping up all over Raleigh

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
The City of Raleigh is placing a giant mirror in different city hot spots for you to 'Reflect Raleigh.'

RALEIGH N.C. (WTVD) -- The City of Raleigh wants you to reflect what Raleigh is like to the world, literally.

Part art installation, part social media exhibit, the city is asking people to "share a true image of Raleigh" by inviting folks to take pictures in front of a giant mirror that has the hashtag "#Reflect Raleigh" on it, which they've placed in different spots around town.

They're want folks to share the pictures on social media using the hashtag, in celebration of the city.

The City of Raleigh's social media manager, Eleanor Hawthorne, said it's all about engaging with people in a really fun way.

"We were thinking 'How can we reflect how the City of Raleigh is to people outside of the city?' and a photo is the simplest way to do that, and so I thought 'well why we don't relinquish control of this idea to people by just putting a mirror in front of them and letting them drive what images are getting shared," Hawthorne said.

"We're super aware that the people who live in Raleigh are incredibly diverse in the things they do and are into... there's just always stuff going on and we really want to highlight the city as a place that's energetic and it's innovative, and creative, and so I thought this was a super simple way to capture that image," she added.

The mirror is in Pullen Park this week, and has popped up at the NC Museum of Art and City Plaza before that.

Hawthorne said the mirror will be hitting other local Raleigh hot spots this summer, but she wouldn't say where. The City of Raleigh has been tweeting clues on where the mirror might pop up next and said the mystery is all part of the fun.

Hawthorne said she hopes the project will inspire Raleigh residents to get excited about the future of Raleigh and engage with the city government.

"We want them to know that there are people on the other side who want to hear what they have to say and care about what they have to say, she said."

"And I want people to walk around the city and see something cool - whether it's survey about the city or an art installation we're doing - I want people to not be surprised that the City of Raleigh wants to interact with people in a way that matters to them," she added.

Check out how other folks are reflecting Raleigh below and keep scrolling to find out how you can follow the City of Raleigh for clues on where the mirror will be next.

You can follow the City of Raleigh on Twitter here, Instagram here, and Facebook here to look for clues.

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