Monday, June 9, 2008

uninvited collaborations with nature

from nina katchadourian's mended spiderweb series

"The morning after the first patch job, I discovered a pile of red threads lying on the ground below the web. At first I assumed the wind had blown them out; on closer inspection it became clear that the spider had repaired the web to perfect condition using its own methods, throwing the threads out in the process. My repairs were always rejected by the spider and discarded, usually during the course of the night, even in webs which looked abandoned. The larger, more complicated patches where the threads were held together with glue often retained their form after being thrown out, although in a somewhat "wilted" condition without the rest of the web to suspend and stretch them."

such an interesting idea and how intricate the work must be! even more, i love the title of her outdoor portfolio - "uninvited collaborations with nature". it brings up a part of the project that you don't really think about - the spider, or the tadpole, or whatever part of nature she uses, has no say whether or not they want to participate. so at first all i saw was the beauty in the photo above, but now all i see is the wrecked home of a spider.

via lost at e minor

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