Grant McCracken: Mikal Built A Magical Box
What is the strange appeal of Mikal Hart's creation, and what can we learn from it?
Mikal Hart built a magical box.
It's a box that knows where it is.
It remains closed and locked until it is transported to exactly the right place on the planet. Then it springs open
If we push that button anywhere else on the planet, the book stays locked. And a figure appears in the window. It's up to us to surmise that this is a measure in miles and that the box wants to go home. We are allowed to push the button 50 times. After that the box locks forever.
Mikal can't quite figure out why the box is so interesting. (See the Youtube video below.) He built the first one as a wedding gift for friends.