It’s finally the end of the semester, and along with it, the conclusion to the class – the big project. Our process from the beginning to the end involved a lot of changes that affected our end result.
From the start , the idea that was proposed was to have a container of sorts that would suspend pieces of paper with wishes written on them by using some sort of ventilation / air flow. The idea was eventually dropped after a week when the group decided that such a feat would involve complex engineering to figure out the physics.
We decided after a while that the wishes could be hung on something, perhaps on a tree, and that the wishes could be written on something relevant to the tree, such as a leaf. Though it was originally planned that they would be lit up, we ended up making it simple by simply lighting up the entire tree with the leaves being 4 different colours.
The show itself went reasonably well. Unlike some of the other exhibitions, our tree was not only noticeable right away, but also just from seeing it was clear as to what the purpose was and how the tree worked. Although we could of found a taller table for where the basket of leaves were (everyone had to bend down to write their wish), the tree itself made hanging the leaves quite simple.
A lot of the exhibitions involved a single user experience, where the participant would go through the experience and leave with whatever they felt afterwords. Ours, like some of the others that were there, allowed the user’s to leave their “print” on the work and relied more on the participant leaving their mark on the work rather than the work leaving a mark on them. This caused an effect where the more leaves that got hung on the tree, the more the experienced changed for the next person.
Our project turned out to be quite pricey as we all put 25 dollars towards our great masterpiece. A grand total of $270.25 dollars was used to put together the tree, make the leaves, costumes and bins to create the experience of the wishing tree! Permanent Markers $6.00, Face Paint and 4 Fairy Wings $63.28, Chicken Wire $69.87, Wire Cutters $13.79, Spray Paint (8 cans) $50.32, Glue (17 bottles) $20.00, Reinforcements for base $8.59, Staples Printing $16.50, Paper Clips $6.90, Parking Spot $15, Total $270.25. Thinking back, there are a lot of things we could have done to meltdown that price such as take advantage of the dollar store!
Group Members’ Personal Experiences:
One of the most memorable things that I will take away from this project, is the way that this project brought many smiles to so many faces. It was remarkable at how many people were so eager to write and place their wish on our tree. Our 3 brave fairies went around to attract new people to come and experience our project. One thing that stood out for me was when a woman and her child came to try out our project and her child placed a wish on our tree. It truly warmed my heart. Overall, after capturing pictures of the experience and seeing people’s reactions, I believe most people had fun with this experience. They were able to once again for a small time, re live their childhood, and speak to live fairies!
By: Rachel Abitan