Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Picture 5/365

This is a lighting fixture at the hotel in Myrtle Beach. What struck me was how pretty it was. All pretty shiny pots and twinkling lights on a beautiful oval pot rack. Then the second thing that struck me was how totally useless the pots were now. You may or may not be able to see in the picture, but the pots cannot be removed -- they are bolted in.

How many things in our lives do we make beautiful but totally useless? Can there be true beauty without utility? I think I'll keep my pot rack -- it's pretty too, but my pots have a beautiful patina that can only come from use. Wear and patina can only add to the beauty of a copper pot. How about with a person?

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