It always amazes me where and how the paths to getting to a final solution happen. It is very rare where the idea comes out and then proceeds to simply get made, simply, easily and eloquently. This is a rare case; usually it is a constant friction of sorts between ideas, design, iterations, people, personalities, egos, and choices that get worked through.
One analogy could be additive, like taking a lump of clay and forming it into something. The other, subtractive, like a sculpture, where many hits of a hammer on a chisel upon a block marble reveals that the sculpture sees, so all can see it
Inventing is like that. You have a vision and an idea and you go bring it to a form where others can see it, touch it, use it, or even in an ambient sense, have it do something for them yet they aren’t even aware it is there
I once saw an interesting sculpture that had a man carving himself out of a block of stone. It is not the “self made man”, but rather a man trapped inside the stone, yet trying to carve himself out of the block. What struck me about the sculpt was how we as human want to rely on himself and didn’t know his own efforts were simply holding him inside the stone.
Now I am a bit bummed, as I can’t find an image of this block of stone with a man trying to free himself to show you. It’s essence that is what it appears many of us are doing each day as we apply make up, a new cover of clothing and accentuate with our baubles of stuff we call accessories.
It a bit likes how entertainment is such a big industry. You get a script, act out a story and voila…it is deemed wonderful.
What we don’t usually consider is that what we see is a real movie, but how it is put together is simply people acting – getting paid to pretend for a bit that they are someone other than themselves.
Maybe that is just the way the world is? We are like Shakespeare wrote, “the world is a stage…”
Maybe we are just all performers that dress up each day and play out drama that probably doesn’t need to exist, but we are flawed humans, so we don’t learn from our mistakes and we keep practicing the same play.
Perhaps we are simply created to entertain and act out unnecessary drama while we think of ourselves as a lot more than we probably are?
I have not one clue where this line of thinking came on this post brainstorm coffee ramble - but i hit post. funny, i have only gone back and edited one of these...i like it better sans-editing.