Eight pens

Posted on October 6, 2016 by Feiko Beckers

A lot of people make doodles when they’re waiting for something. My father for example is an excellent doodler. He has a notepad next to his phone that he tells me is for writing down appointments. In reality however it’s full of silly drawings.
I also doodle, although not on paper. Instead I doodle 3-dimensionally. When I’m on the phone with somebody or when I’m in a restaurant waiting for my order, I always mess around with the objects that surround me. I try to balance a knife on top of a spoon, I make pyramids of sugar cubes and what I also frequently do is to find out whether I can make a swastika with the pencils in front of me. Although I don’t really have to find that out. I know exactly how much pens you need for that: eight. Go ahead and try it.

When I first saw this picture I thought I knew why these pylons had been put there. Because apparently nobody took the several no-parking signs on the doors seriously. Although they clearly state the reason why parking is not allowed, because it’s a driveway. And so these pylons were installed.
But what I don’t understand is the positioning of the pylons. Because why is the middle pylon positioned right where there’s no driveway? And what’s the deal with the cardboard tubes? Were they afraid that people would try to park their car in between those pylons? And in that case, did they really think two simple cardboard tubes would be able to prevent that?

But when I looked at this picture for a second time, everything became clear to me. Because these pylons and cardboard tubes are not an attempt to keep cars away. It’s simply a 3-dimensional doodle.
Photo: Lev Ilizirov

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