Item author
Lucas Martinichen
Item Created
16 Jun 2010
Photo taken on
15 Jun 2012 3:30 pm
16 Jun 2010 3:57 am
Photo author
Lucas Martinichen

Wood Box

In curitibian`s tubes, cashiers use a box to elevate their feet from the floor, protection from rain water puddles.

Context of the observation

This picture a cashier use a box under his feet in a tube bus stop in Curitiba, located near to the municipal botanic garden. This tube is situated in a big avenue where a lot of people ca many bussies all day long. In tubes bus stop, the sides are open to the outside enviroment, and when its raining, its impossible dont let water get in to the tube, so cashier use this kind of box to protect their feet from water puddles.


Av. Pres. Affonso Camargo, 2239 - Cristo Rei, Curitiba - PR, 80050-370, Brasil, Curitiba


1 Interpretation

In this case, the cashiers that use the same workspace, changing shifts, use the same box under their feet. This wood box protects the feet from water. When its raining water stocks, creating puddles in the floor. With the box their feet and personal things don’t get wet.
It’s interesting how all the cashiers use and maintain the same box in the workspace. They all know that is a needed and those they may use that again. The act of using the box is cultural and almost all the tubes have a box.

Lucas Martinichen
17 Jun 2010

4 Questions & 0 Responses

How can the box or other pretences and interventions, create relations between the cashiers from different shits, as on take another’s place?

Lucas Martinichen
17 Jun 2010

Would be interesting for those cashiers that don’t like and don’t feel comfortable with the box, have a different kind of solution?

Lucas Martinichen
17 Jun 2010

It would be necessary to change the workspace, giving the cashier differently environment from the rest of the tube? How this could be done?

Vivian Jacob
17 Jun 2010

But would the cassier not even feel worse if he is kept further in the tube?

Carla Zimmermann
21 Jun 2010