Wednesday, December 14, 2005

how flat is paper?

i've always just accepted that paper is, well, flat. i mean, i know that in reality there is thickness and actual structure to it, but i've never really considered that thickness to be relevavnt, other than when determining how thick a folder should be or something.
but this stuff, well, it blows my mind to think about the architectural nature of this stuff. the staircase in this pic is made ENTIRELY out of A4-sized [210mm x 297mm] pieces of copy paper. the artist, peter callesen somehow sees incredible structures made entirely of flat paper.
the truly incredible pieces are the ones entire from a single sheet of A4 paper. ONE sheet! like these:

it makes me ask myself how in the world someone can see that spider crawling across to trap a butterfly - from a truly blank page. i met with one of the genius artists from our 242 community last night, and as we bantered around ideas for a new installation to be used in an upcoming worship event, there came a time when he hit the 'zone' - and had left me so far behind, i couldn't even see him anymore. i kept up with him for a while, but then we entered a "but-how-flat-is-paper" kind of moment. i love seeing that happen. the pure thrill of watching an artist, a musician, a poet, enter that realm when they have allowed themselves to be posessed by Spirit - to be taken over by what could be - and trip through true creation.
i have another friend who uses language in a way similar to how michael jordan uses a basketball. if you were alive when MJ was playing, you couldn't help but notice the sheer abundance of posters of MJ rising above the court to dunk the ball with grace. on every one of these posters, the scale is maintained by having some poor schlep that looks nailed to the floor below him. there's always the guy there to give us perspective on how high MJ really is.
this type of flow / creativity / creation completely sucks me in. when i can sit and watch someone lift off the ground and enter a place i'd never known existed, well, i see a glimpse of how flat paper isn't.

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