The goal of my capstone project is simple – to help Duke students rediscover a sense of wonder that I feel is essential for true learning and creativity. Below, please find a summarized proposal for my installation, and click on the link for a more detailed description.
For this installation, I plan to provide Duke students with 5000 Keva Planks in a designated area on the first floor of Perkins Library, with which they can build and create. In the building area will be a few original structures that I build, along with many loose planks, to encourage interaction. The space will also have a few Polaroid cameras that will allow students to capture and display images of their work. My hope is that the growing ‘photo wall’ will encourage students to see and be inspired by what their peers have created. By using things from our childhoods such as building blocks and instant cameras, I hope to encourage Duke students to take a break from the demands of university and the work-force, and to once again do something that many of us may not have done since childhood – play. I believe that doing so will help students bring that sense of wonder, that is sometimes only seen in children, to situations and experiences in our adulthoods. I hope to use still photography to document this ‘rediscovery of wonder’.
I will then take the planks and photos (Polaroids and my photography) and create a final exhibit in the Smith Warehouse, to be on display at the end of April. The exhibit will again remind viewers of that wonder that we often lose as we grow older, and will also encourage some engagement with the blocks.