___After remembering my child dream about a brave crane man, I’ve decided 10 years later, no matter what, no matter the way, to get in contact with him. The main goals ? Talk with him and learn about his work. Did my dream reflect the reality ? I’ve tried to understand why life got in the way.
The first step was to know what’s going on in the field. It was quite easy, some construction sites took place just next to the Rivelt Academy.
To reach my goal, I’ve first talked to a worker passing by. Straight away, he made me realize that everyone was very busy over here. From this moment, I’ve understood one thing : it’s going to be more complicated that I’ve thought.
I spent one day asking questions to several workers, but none of them had time to answer me. It was my first failure.
Then, I tried to figure out something else. Maybe I should have tried to get in contact directly with the crane man !
But how to approach someone that busy ? I had to find a way.
I’ve spent a few days, walking around, observing the crane man throught the Academy’s Windows.
While I was looking at him, I was wondering what he his seeing ? How could I capture his attention ?
As the site was in front of the Rivelt Academy, the crane couldn’t have missed the school’s walls.
Therefore, I came back to my class room and I start thinking.
After putting a few ideas on the paper, I’ve found the one.
I had to draw the crane man’s attention on something special, something that he couldn’t not see : a big sign just in front of him.
The goal, still the same : capt his interest, but moreover, make him fell special, like the man in my dream.
In order to do that and stand for his work propeply, I’ve decided to picture him as a super hero.
The sign had to be very clear : CRANE MAN, I’m a fan ! Let’s talk about your superpowers !
A few days later, I heard some of my classmates, speaking about the crane man, who finnaly got my message.
Unfortunetely, I wasn’t in Amsterdam at this time, and when I came back, the crane man was gone.
During severals days I was wondering what should I do next. Try to talk to him again ? Find an another way to get in touch with him ? I started to think that I’ve missed my chance.
Against all expetations, I heard about the crane man throught the social networks on the school page. He actually post a picture of the sign from his crane. I couldnt expect more !
I didn’t fail, I actually got in contact with him !
I’ve learnt a lot about him and his work, just obsevering it. I succeded to deliver a message, without directly talking to him.
This is the very proof that when you’re trying hard, and when you really want, you can do something.
Even if it was not your first thought.
___This experience gave me the desire to spread this message to people. Telling them that afterall, the aim doesnt matter, trying does.
To do that, I was looking for something that always make me think about trying.
I thought about a dice. Each time you roll it, you’re trying to do a specific number. It’s actually a real tool of the idea of trying.
For instance, you’re using dices to get out of jail when you’re playing Monopoly.
I’ve been thinking about how could I change the dice in order to erase the proper aim of rolling it : never reach the specif number you wanted.
Erasing the numbers ? Changing the size ? The shape ?
I got the idea to create a specific dice, a dice which never stops Rolling. From there, you’ll be rolling it only in order to try the object, without directly knowing where it’s going to lead you.
The original size of the dice was important for me because of its pratical aspect. It needs to be small, easy to grap, to catch and to carry. I also wanted something playful.
Then the bouncing ball poped up in my mind ! I thought about playing without a goal. You just try it for what it is. However, as far as we know it, you can get bored prety easiley with bouncing balls, because of the repetive action. This made me create something that can change the first aspect of the ball and show the different steps along the trying process.
From now, the idea it’s to create something that can capt people’s attention in the street, and make them start to try something with it. Give them a gift which is actually not the ball as they think, but the action of trying.
I now have to find a pratical way to do it. Creating a layer around the ball could keep the track of the different attempts.
I first thought about tape, but the ball was not bouncing anymore after being wrapped.
About Velvet, tracks were not that clear and the ball didnt bounce enough.
I’ve noticed that sometimes on the public benches, you can find some painting missing, It’s the wear, due to people, sitting a lot at this specific place.
Then I thought about putting a layer of paint around the ball. It will brake it step by step.
The painting missing on the ball will show a pattern. Each of them will be different and will represent the track of experiments during the day.
Now I’ve found my object, I still need to figure out how people will face it.
First I created a small box looking like a boardgame. Inside ? 4 balls and the rules of the game.
Nevertheless, it didn’t work, because people just had to follow the instructions, without thinking of the idea of trying several times.
I’ve wanted to let people the choice. If they want to try it, why, how ?
I built a small public facility, where balls were free to access. That way, people can choose to pay attention or not.
With this making, I offered people to do whatever they wanted. No matter what they did with the balls, each choice was a good one.
This project became a free gift to people, without giving them something tangible.
Afterall, the experience itself is the most valuable.
Just try, click on it !