Happy Place invites art critic to turn his frown upside-down

One of the rooms in the Happy Place pop-up exhibit.
One of the rooms in the Happy Place pop-up exhibit. PHOTO COURTESY OF HAPPY PLACE

Re “Picture this: ‘Happy Place’ that’s nothing to smile about” (Page A1, April 5): I am the founder of Happy Place, a touring multisensory experience that is themed around happiness. Thus far, we have traveled to four cities in North America. We are excited to be in Boston and to activate a vacant store with color and warmth on one of the city’s busiest streets.

It is well within Murray Whyte’s right as an art critic for The Boston Globe to attend a media preview of Happy Place and form his own opinion of its worth or quality. However, he is being unfairly harsh in taking a swipe at the taste of an entire generation of people, as they enjoy an experience that is unique to today’s popular culture.


It’s rather obvious that Whyte’s visit to Happy Place came with a preconceived opinion.

Everyone who visits Happy Place is able to experience it in different ways. It is our goal to spread joy and to put smiles on our guests’ faces during their visit. As Whyte wrote in his commentary, “those faces on Instagram surely look happy. So maybe it’s me.” Perhaps it is, and perhaps Whyte should come back and experience Happy Place with an open mind.

Jared Paul

Los Angeles