Paper stand

August 15, 2012 ☞ Personal inventory

This elegant hemisphere holds sheets of paper and cardboard erect. Almost. Its parabolic slit elicits the slightest bend from any page slotted in, and imparts that parabolic curvature upon that page.

Curves beget curves, and the once-flat becomes an object with depth. What was two-dimensioned becomes three and the conversation twists from beyond the shape of the ink on the page, to the shape of the medium itself. That’s sculpture.

Scientists believe that fate of the universe ultimately depends on its curvature, i.e., the shape of the space upon which time is written. Perhaps this paper stand demonstrates that a collection of words can have a profundity that semantics cannot convey when you consider the medium too.