The chair was moved to three different locations today. The first of the three locations was the semi-circle lawn in front of Greene Hall (where the departments of psychology and romance languages reside, respectively). The area routinely greets professors and students alike for cigarette breaks, after class discussions, and other daily pleasures that can be had on beautiful day.
As the chair was being transported to the location, I had a run in with its first encounter. I literally had to leave it on the backside between Manchester and Greene so I could legally park my car. As I walked towards the spot, I encountered a few people standing around it and one sitting on it. Once they left we set the chair up in the location outside of Greene. Immediately the chair attracted a group exiting Greene, many of which made comments on the chair, saying it was “awesome and strange.” Not long after, a professor found the chair occupying the spot in which he took his cigarette breaks. He didn’t sit in the chair but had a five-minute staring contest with it during his break. The traffic outside Greene slowed down, which justified the twenty or so minute drought in interaction between the Wake Forest community and the chair. During this time we took some observations and noted how different it was from the first day. The chair, in all its locations was often taken notice of, but it seemed that in its new location, people were more inclined to actually sit in it, not just stare or assault it.
Bonus photo between Manchester and Greene:
On that note, we moved the chair to its second location of the day, in the middle of Manchester Quad, or the Mag Quad. This ended up sort of the way we expected to; few, but interesting and prolonged interaction. The amount of people that stopped to see this chair was low, but there were two or three people that literally walked all the way to the center of the quad just to sit on it, stare at it, or just marvel at its queerness. There were a few passers who pointed and whispered about the chair and others who even noticed our conspicuous location below the Magnolia trees, noting that we were observing. Someone even left their back pack on the chair for a little while.
Finally, we made our way towards the area in between the Benson University Center, the Zach Smith Reynolds Library, Tribble Hall, and the Mag Quad. The chair was placed off to the side of the chain-linked statues and was left for a short period of time. This was particularly interesting because it saw almost no interest until one student literally sat down on it and started reading for the remainder of the time he was there. The shade provided a nice area for reading I suppose.
In essence, we did a lot of moving with the chair today. It certainly fostered a great deal of interest and interaction as well as curiosity and inhibition. Depending on the locality, the chair’s overall situated-ness, it spawned several different reactions. Blistering heat without shade in a remote area was the least popular. The most popular area was shady and had quite a nostalgic feel to it, thus providing a more inviting situation.