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The Rein of Invention
Chain is as ancient as Hepaestus, the artisan god of the forge. It is an essential tool of the blacksmith’s art. With rings and hooks of chain, a blacksmith tethers the world. Leonardo draws chains as he dissects the anatomy of invention.
Forge a link. Add to it. Multiply it. The sum or product will always be more than the parts. Rigid materials flex. Iron rises and falls in pounding waves to moor a ship. Gold cascades over a dancing shoulder. Forged beads blow across the page.
The image of chain is an essential tool of thinking. Chains bind and enslave. Chains connect and transmit. Chains inhibit or carry movements and ideas.
Bead chain serves us with such quiet grace that it is all but overlooked. Think links. Invent uncommon uses and meanings for this common connector. Pull at the images, ideas and implications of chain.
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