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Time to View Cardboard Waste with New Eyes?

You may see that pile of heavy duty cardboard boxes in the corner of your business premises as a sign of work to do, but a group of students would likely have a far more light-hearted view.

These are the students from Manchester School of Architecture who dumped a heap of cardboard boxes in the city’s Piccadilly Gardens.

Don’t worry – they weren’t fly tippers. This was all part of an architectural art project designed to evoke a reaction from members of the public.


The installation earlier this month wasn’t one designed to simply be looked at. The cardboard boxes were specifically placed for members of the public to interact with and enjoy.

Over 60 boxes were involved in the project, and they were adorned with everything from games and chalk boards to wind chimes.

The students wanted to see how people reacted to the temporary structure as part of a brief named ‘Play’.

Rosa Whitely, the 20-year-old initiator of the idea, said that even before the installation was set up there were people, ranging from pensioners to children, taking part. Some were playing, others were drawing and some were just enjoying sitting on top of the boxes.

Now how about that for an idea for lunch-break entertainment? We at Holmes Mann love creative ideas like these and this is one we wished we’d thought of. Maybe you’ve got creative juices going too and don’t need to dispose of that waste cardboard after all.

Here’s another good reason why cardboard boxes should be viewed in a new light. According to the Wales on line website, the beneficiaries of an auction of items stored in an old toy shop in North Wales will certainly be glad they didn’t get rid of at least four cardboard boxes – even though they had pigeon poop all over them.

A collector paid a massive £200 for the four empty boxes, but before you start, putting price labels on your recycling pile, these were obviously unusual boxes.

Auction cataloguer John Cathrall, of Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees, admitted that the boxes ‘were absolutely awful’ but said that there was plenty of interest from collectors just because they once contained Star Wars toys and still had labels on them that confirmed they were a product of renowned manufacturer Palitoy.

The boxes were sold in the first of nine sales to get rid of the contents of the Frank Beech Toy Shop, which first opened over 70 years ago but has been shut up for years with the stock left inside.

The auction in Holywell fetched £58,500, but the final figure could reach around £600,000 when the nine sales have been completed. Looks like the Force is still strong – Luke!

Sources: Manchester Evening News May 2015; Wales 17 May 2015)

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