A GIANT mirrored cube will be unveiled in Bournemouth at the end of the month - as part of an Open University initiative aimed at 'encouraging the nation to put down their phones and reflect'.

The cube will arrive in Bournemouth to coincide with the town's tenth anniversary air festival.

TV psychologist, Emma Kenny said: "When your work and personal life is hectic, it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget to press the pause button to reflect on the bigger picture in terms of your life and career goals.

"Some people find it helps to write it all down. Talking to yourself in the mirror is a great way to really focus on who you are - you can't escape yourself.

"Being close to nature also helps to give perspective and either complete silence or calming music helps you relax and clear the mind."

The 3x3 metre pop-up reflection cube is mirrored inside and out. It includes a 360 degree infinity mirror experience, a light installation and soundscape.

The OU's expert student services team will be onhand to talk to visitors, who may conclude, after a period of reflection, that studying could help them achieve their ambitions.

OU Chancellor Martha Lane Fox said: "Taking time out to reflect on what you've achieved so far and where you'd like to get to is vital for progression, both in your personal and work life.

"It can be tough at first, particularly when life is so hectic, but if you don’t take time to look at the bigger picture you could end up getting stuck in a routine that may not be working for you.

"Self-reflection is all about questioning what you do and why you do it, determining your passions and ambitions and creating a plan for the future.

"Don't be afraid to think big. Once you've defined your goals, it is key to think practically and logically about how you are going to get there. "You will find that it becomes easier with practice and the end result is likely to be a happier and more competent you."

The reflection cube will be at the Bournemouth Air Festival from Thursday, August 31, until Sunday, September 3.