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3D Printed Interactive Structure

This projects invites the viewer to come into a dark room and interact with a small, dome structure adorned with string lights. The structure has a water basin underneath, and small sheets of paper, a pen, and a pencil is provided on the side. One of the slips of paper says “By feeding this Basin your written concerns / past, your sorrows will dissolve away”, and instructs the viewer to write down their concerns and put it under the dome. When I presented this project, I asked for the viewers to go into the dark room one at a time and instructed to not tell anyone else about what happened in that room.
My intentions of this project was to create an engaging environment where participants can be as honest and personal as they want. Recently I was under the impression that a lot of people I encountered did not have a healthy outlet of their stress because they did not wish to be vulnerable by sharing their concerns. I had hoped to create a reflective platform where users can be comforted without having to be vulnerable.
Actual outcomes of this project was delightful. As soon as I brought back the dome structure and all other components, participants asked whether if they could create another paper slip, which for me indicated great amount of viewer engagement as well as their satisfaction with the project. Participants also said that they felt like their finals week stresses were relieved so it was joyous to hear that this project had accomplished its goal.