The Musical Box Garden

Ferris, Kieran and Bannon, Liam

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The Cardboard Box Garden (CBG) originated from a dissatisfaction with current computer technology as it is presented to children. This paper shall briefly review the process involved in the creation of this installation, from motivation through to design and subsequent implementation and user experience with the CBG. Through the augmentation of an everyday artefact, namely the standard cardboard box, a simple yet powerful interactive environment was created that has achieved its goal of stirring childrens imagination judging from the experience of our users.