"Once finished a book is discarded on a
bench, left for an unknown stranger to pass by, pick up, and
read. In turn the stranger, on completion of the book, leaves
the book for another, on a different bench, in a different
park, in a different city. Like Chinese Whispers the enjoyment
of the book resonates around the world.
This project is inspired by this public act
of sharing, and the inherent
potential for this offered by the PSP device.
Digital development has exploded the potential of free information
sharing by creating a massive informal global network unbound
by geographic or physical limitations. The project looks at
how this informal and virtual network can impact the physical
public realm and so re-instigating the random and place specific-ness
of book sharing into a contemporary context.
The project describes three physical insertions
into the public realm
designed to encourage and frame the sharing of information
The proposed furniture are to be focal points for the digital
information, whether it be photographs, music, video etc.
will be connected to a local hard drive (stored either below
ground or in an adjacent building) which will temporarily
store downloaded information. A wireless connection as well
as physical sockets and ports will facilitate people uploading
or downloading data. The data stored will automatically be
deleted once full capacity is reached, and so ensuring a continuously
changing bank of information. So, for example, an artist can
download their most recent work into the most local piece
of street furniture. A passerby can later on hear this by
plugging in at the same spot, and can download it into their
own console / player. On his travels abroad the passer-by
may upload the same song there and so further sharing the
work with others. The
proposal would create a physical and local realization of
transfer and exchange of information and experiences.
As the furniture is to be located globally in
a variety of potential
contexts, the furniture design is to be a simply recognizable
understood. The design therefore uses the inspiration of the
night sky and the diurnal colour changes in the sky as a shared
experience to draw upon.
Each piece is formed by a flat disc supported
by a single angled support. The supports spread out from the
base to support a coloured and backlit fascia to the disc
edge, to form a horizon line. The furniture is constructed
in carbon fibre, which acts as both the structure and finish
surface. The horizon is created in curved toughened glass,
with laminated coloured films. Perimeter light fittings are
fitted behind the glass to provide feature lighting during
the night. Tiny fibre optic light fittings are scattered throughout
the carbon fibre skin to provide luminance for activities
below. The floor surface below the furniture is formed in
circular green resin-bound gravel surfacing to provide a loose
demarcation of the site. The circular pattern is positioned
off centre from the furniture above, creating three overlapping
discs in all: the disc of the furniture item itself; the disc
formed by either the shadow or luminance of the furniture
item; and the disc of the ground surfacing."