The Box Doodle Project

by Bernie DeKoven on March 13, 2007

In Kris Bordessa’s blog, Great Solutions to Team Challenges, she does me the great honor of not only blogging my Festival of Junk concept. Kris is the author of an importantly playful book called “Team Challenges,” and I even managed to interview her in a FunCast not too long ago. So it’s not too surprising that she would grok the idea of a Festival of Junk so thoroughly. She writes:

Beyond the financial feasibility of this, it’s an opportunity to bring some environmental awareness to a community. Not only is there an element of reuse, but there’s an element of NON-use. In other words, if the activities use scavenged and found items, it WON’T require new products to be purchased and consumed.

And, kids participating in an event like this will learn how to think beyond the usual bounds of playthings and discover the joy of cardboard and bottle caps. Or should I say REdiscover? The joy of cardboard boxes is well-known to toddlers, but as they become little consumers, they learn that the box is garbage and expect something grander to entertain them.

And I am touched and close to overjoyed, not only by the discovery that Kris has so compassionately captured the politics and purposes of the Festival of Junk, but also by her taking it one step further with her mention of a most admirably silly venture called “The Box Doodle Project.”

The Box Doodle. Lovely, supremely junkish in concept and spirit. Box Doodler David Hoffman explains: “the rules are quite simple: rearrange a box to make any kind of figure or object. Make the most of least.” It’s inspiring, really, to see the collection of whimsical, cardboard-backed delights contributed by artists of all callings. For our immediate gratification, there’s even a virtual Box Doodle Tool, taking the concept beyond cardboard entirely, should we, for some reason, find ourselves so called.

from Bernie DeKoven, funsmith


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