Open your eyes and see what you can see.

November 7, 2008

There’s so much more to see if you know where to look.

Like this excellent piece that I first saw on BoingBoing. It’s an art project that placed a movable ‘eye’ on the roof of a gallery, and it appeared to follow people’s movements as they approached the gallery. You can see a still below:

Who is watching you?

Who is watching you?

The reaction of people is brilliant. From those who don’t even notice it, to those who see it and run about interacting with it. Watch the video at the Flong site, here.

It shows that my theory of looking up as you walk about town is not such a bad way to do things. You see things from a different perspective. Imagine being a child again. You’d see everything from waist height. Think of the difference that makes to your world.

I quite often spend time looking up at roof height. I often pass bus journeys by seeing views of the city that not many people bother to see. Nowadays, with our cheap, basic housing design, there’s less to see. But in a city as historically stunning as Edinburgh there’s an amazing amount to see. And sometimes you see astounding things in the most unusual of places.
Like, for example, the dome in the centre of the roof of the Lothian Bus depot on Annandale Street. They even light it up blue at night.

Or the hand-carved relief detail on the outside of the Corn Exchange building on Constitution Street. The design company NavyBlue are resident in the building, so I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprise that their building is well cared for. The inside of their office space is stunning, too. They’ve used the huge height of the building to retain an open feel, whilst maximising the space and light to allow their people to work. Check out some of their stuff on the NavyBlue site here.

In the video I like how the little kids, about half way through, realise that it is reacting to them. They play with it, but keep moving. They are so used to things interacting with them that they treat it as normal. Which I love. I think the fact that kids just get on with things without worrying about how they look is great. That’s how I try to live life. You’ve only got one shot at it, so make sure you try as many things as you can. As Einstein said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Try to see things differently. If you approach things from a different angle you normally get a different outcome. The ordinary can become extraordinary. You’ve just got to give it the chance.

Make today’s new thing to go home tonight looking up (obviously I wouldn’t advise this if you drive to work). Give it a go. Who knows what you’ll see.

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