The box of surface and light has been let loose on the city of Edinburgh. QR codes stuck onto plywood plaques have been left in their place which each lead to a picture of the box displaying its reflected patterns of light in that space.
I was surprised at how little attention I was getting as I was taking lots of photographs in dark corners, adjusting the box ect. Maybe it was a self conscious feeling, doing something irregular at night. I was just surprised that nobody even really noticed… Is this proof of concept or does this mean my concept has failed?! People did not notice. Why? To much street light weakens the strength of the patterns, it was difficult finding a dark enough space in all the various orange glows, I was with the box, it obviously belonged to me, people saw me taking photographs.
Having never designed any physical object like this before, I think are defiantly elements of design that I would do differently. Not so much the box design and how it functions because I think that is quite successful but to make it out of cheaper materials as this would have allowed me to possibly make additional boxes to actually leave in public. Due to my inexperience, the process ended up being learning curve and although I would have liked to have been able to leave the boxes, it was not practical and this was partly down to the time scale between box concept realisation and the project deadline. Consequently, I do not think this took anything away from the concept and its purpose, I was able to leave visible and physical links to the sites where the boxes where installed and linked them to the Reflection Collection web base, giving people a chance to discover them but also linking them to the body Reflection Collection work that went behind the box.
The photographs or the sites the boxes where placed in, describe a variety of differently functioning spaces. Bistro Square is an open very public student oriented public space, St Giles Cathedral off the Royal Mile is more of a tourist area, and Milnes Court, a small alley leading down to steps that go to the mound and residential housing on either side.