Scrollwork

Metal table base.

There’s a tremendous amount of decorative work that is essentially invisible. We just don’t see it, at least not consciously, anyway.

But it’s important to remember that these things are the product of someone’s deliberate design. Table bases don’t just grow that way, you know. Someone decided that this lowly, utilitarian object ought to be lovely. Even if hardly anyone would ever look under the table to see it.

If you live in an urban environment, remember to take note, from time to time: virtually everything around you was the product of someone’s choice or creativity. Lamposts, for example, are not trees: their proportions were determined by a person, not by nature.

Generations of human imagination are embedded in the objects and infrastructure that surround us.


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2 Responses to Scrollwork
  1. Lynn Borton
    February 6, 2011 | 9:33 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. See The Phantom Tollbooth: an entire city disappears because no one bothers to look up. That image made such an impression on me as a child that I have always looked up since. You never know what you will see.

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