My project should bring to people happiness and joy. After I met them on the streets of Bratislava exactly this happened as I expected and hoped for. I wanted to give little joy to people by giving them a little box that contains a happy message inside. The close-down of the box was in a form of four-leaf-clover, what is the symbol of fortune and happiness. Many people didn’t look at me, most of them didn’t understand why am I giving free stuff, they were wondering.
We are living in a special age. I really realized in this project, that people can’t understand this word "happines" very much. Its strange to see so much anger, disgust and contempt in people. I didn’t expect anything anymore as I saw my gifts in the trashes. I wonder why does it happen, why people can’t accept them. I really expected something else.
I was awaiting a bit of a smile on their faces. From all the people I gave my boxes to I received the real joy and energy only once: from one older man, who was on the way home from the work with his wife. It was worth doing it.
This project was created during the course Critic – Critical practice in Graphic Design at Department of Visual Communication at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Tutored by Katarína Balážiková. The course foucuses on practicing and developing individual or collaborative critical projects.