Optimistic train carriage:
MATERIALS: Photocopy paper, PVC, timber, acrylic paint
DIMENSIONS: (H)420mm x (W)789mm x (D)290mm.
When traveling on a train I think you'll agree we all engage in a social contract in which we employ an expected level of behaviour, work together, consider each other, and eventually get to where we want to go.
But with things being what they are the contract can be tested with Melbourne peak hour crowding that packs large masses of strangers into sardine-like proximity. In addition, traveling on a train can get a tad dreary, especially if the commute is long and repetitive throughout the week. Within this boxed environment is official signage which covers the carriage walls telling the occupants what’s expected of them and how to behave. It’s moments like these a person’s individuality is in doubt. In an attempt to maintain order the messages given through signage can make commuters feel like a figure in a John Brack painting. The streets of 1950s Collins Street could be today’s train carriage in peak hour.
But it needn’t be that way.