Assignment – construct a physical, 3D model in the style of a Cornell Box, pointing to the emotional impact of your thesis project/prototype. This should be a representation of its intended impact, not a technical or procedural model of how it looks or works. Use simple assemblage materials (cardboard, paper, photos), small found objects …)

Using the Surrealist technique of unexpected juxtaposition, Joseph Cornell’s best-known works are glass-fronted boxes into which he placed and arranged Victorian bric-a-brac, old photographs, dime-store trinkets, and other found elements. Generally referred to as “shadow boxes,” the resulting pieces are dream-like miniature tableaux that inspire the viewer to see each component in a new light. ”  references:

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.”  – Anatole France

My Cornell box is meant to evoke curiosity in the minds of young people and introduce playfulness. The physical construct of the box is meant to invite the users to move and explore the objects in a controlled environment.

It is a physical manifestation of the periodic table where each object represents an element on the periodic table. The movement of the objects is meant to represent the character and the reactivity of the element.


Constructing the box: I collected small objects over the week and then tried to match them with the elements on the periodic table. For eg: Battery represents (Li) Lithium, electric wires represents Cu Copper, bag of salt represents sodium Na