One would normally expect to find at least a few remarkable happenings at Springfield Missouri's First Night celebration, but this New Year's Eve we got quite a shock as we were walking down Booneville Avenue, mere yards from where Jordan Creek runs beneath the street. Here, we beheld an alarming sight: Innocent citizens appeared to be entrapped inside a gigantic spider web! Fearing the worst, we rushed inside to see if anyone could be rescued.
Fortunately, it was not a spider web at all! We had stumbled into the ideaXfactory, and the colossal web had been designed and knitted out of plastic sheeting by members of Art of Space. This is all part of the IDEA Commons(Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Art) a collaborative initiative of the City of Springfield and Missouri State University to create a 88 acre center city urban research park. We expect to see big things come out of these projects, and it will be interesting to see how they will effect center city cryptid activity.