So we worked together as a team to create our final cardboard windmill landmark. We used  used cardboard to create our windmill and had to be creative when it came to the build of it, as we wanted to make sure it would spin, so that we could encourage more people to get excited or interested in our landmark.

So we started by creating the wings and as we were doing this we discovered that one sheet of cardboard wasn’t going to be strong enough to hold the wing up and be able to turn. So the solution we came up with was to add more layers of cardboard to make the wings thicker and therefore stronger. This meant that they were going to be able to turn without breaking. At this point we weren’t sure if we’d have to do the same thing for the walls of the windmill, as we weren’t 100% sure if the base would be big enough to hold the shape with one layer of cardboard.

We also had to factor in that the colour of the pens may not stand out on the cardboard when it would come to people drawing and writing on our landmark. So we came up with a solution. If we were to paint the wings white, with acrylic paint it wouldn’t matter  what colour was used (not white obviously) would stand out and be visible.


I took this photograph in the studio, whilst we were in the process of painting the wings for our landmark.

We decided we didn’t have to paint all of the walls as well as the wings, as people would only be writing on the wings. This meant we had more time to take our windmill out into the city and get people to write on it. As we were making it we realised that the base of the windmill would be strong enough to hold the shape, so we didn’t have to add layers of cardboard to the walls. We then started to connect the wings and glue them together so they would spin as one and not three. This then meant we had to figure out a way to get the wings through the body of the mill so we could rotate the wings from the back. We decided to had a cardboard stopper to stop the tube which the wings were attached to, falling out.

We then decided we would take our model into the city.  We had to think about where we would take it and we decided a good place to take our model would be down by the riverside. We ended up using Jamie’s car and my car to get the pieces down to the discovery point, so that we would have time to re-assemble it and make good use of our time down there. Riverside is a place in Dundee that really gets the wind as it is right next to the water and we thought it would be a great connection to what our landmark was about. There also happens to be a windmill behind the Discovery Point building, so again this was a great connection with the chosen location. So the location of our landmark was significant and it was a direct link to the reasoning behind our idea of our windmill.

We were able to engage with the public down at the discovery point as students, families and adults who were on a lunch break from work were walking past and people from the train station were intrigued with our huge windmill as you couldn’t really miss it. We just started to chat to people about what it was about  Choosing to go down to the Discovery Point was a great place to go as we were really able to engage with the people of Dundee and visitors to Dundee.

I took these photographs on my phone while we were down at the discovery point.

People were coming up with great ideas and answers, so it was great to see Dundee from another perspective. People were generally thinking of bright colours when they thought of Dundee. Green was one colour which people felt really represented Dundee. I hadn’t really thought of Dundee being that green before, so once the person had explained their reasoning, I was able to be more understanding of their answer. It was great to speak to different people about what they thought represented Dundee in the form of colour, words or drawings.

Overall while we were down at the Discovery Point people were generally interested in where we were from, what we were doing with our windmill and why we were doing it. This encouraged us to take our landmark to another place. So we left Discovery and two days later we headed down to the union on campus. We decided to take our landmark there because it would give us another view on Dundee from a students perspective. Again we were fortunate to get social engagement here. Staff and students seemed interested in what we were doing. We gained social engagement here by again talking to passing students and staff, and talking to them about our project and showing them how the propellers on our windmill moves. This was a visual aid in engaging with people passing by.

I took these photographs whilst we were down at the union on campus, encouraging other students to write on our windmill.

We felt more at home here and were able to encourage other students to help us with our project and have their input on what they thought represented Dundee. This was great for us, as not every student is from Dundee and not every student is from Scotland. So it was great for us to encourage them and for us to be encouraged by them to see what they think represented Dundee.

Most of the answers we received from the people we spoke to at the union were student based. They felt that there is a great range of pubs and clubs in Dundee – which for a student is a great thing. Another thing that they felt represented Dundee was how clean it was. Especially around the new areas which have not long been built/re-built. Like the Slessor Gardens, the City Square beside the Caird Hall and the new under-passage of the bridge. These are all places which represent what Dundee is. Funnily enough, the weather was a strong response from the students we spoke to as well.

Now we have to create a group map, to show where our thoughts were, where we took our landmark in comparison to Dundee and show where we talked to the public about our landmark.