CONVERSATIONS WITH VISITORS
Visitors were very intrigued by the structure and curious as to what we were doing there. Initially reluctant to make their way in through the gate, they were very eager to come inside the dome and garden once we invited them in. Often surprised at how cosy, warm and well-insulated it was inside (which we had been too), they were surprised to see how comfortably we could live with such basic resources. A lot of visitors expressed their envy of us being able to live like this (though they probably meant for just a few days rather than forever).
There was one visitor however who assured us that he’d hate to live like this and loves the comfort of his own semi-detached home that was passed down to him by his parents. He asked us if we missed the TV, telling us that he has just bought a new 40 inch one that he is still waiting to talk to Virgin Media about installing. He proceeded to ask us for advice on how he can get it set up.
We had some interesting conversations with visitors about climate change and what the future might hold. It was a strange conflict, wanting to invite people in and chat with them about these topics and the project whilst at the same time just wanting a spare minute to continue cooking the lunch you’ve been trying to finish for the past 2 hours. At times we felt a little bit like a novelty display in some sort of zoo of human history (or future), where in fact we actually genuinely trying to get enough wood cut before the sun goes down to keep us warm for the night!
A favourite question from children was ‘Where do you go to the toilet?’. They were always disgusted when we explained to them how compost toilets work. Our favourite quote from a child – “I hate wood.”