Six Memos for the Next Millennium - Chapter 1, Lightness

Back on the 17th July this year I wrote about the series I have been working on which is based on the book by Italo Calvino.  Calvino's book, titled 'Six Memos for the Next Millennium', is actually a series of lectures and he starts with a discussion on the merits of Lightness.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium ring 1, Lightness, by Cari-Jane Hakes
It is difficult to summarise Calvino's work in this chapter.  He touches on many seemingly disparate subjects.  From Greek mythology to Shakespeare, DNA and computer software!


"We might say that throughout the centuries two opposite tendencies have competed in literature: one tires to make language into a weightless element that hovers above things like a cloud or better, perhaps, the finest dust or, better still, a field of magnetic impulses.  The other tries to give language the weight, density, and concreteness of things, bodies, and sensations."


Calvino as a writer concentrates on Lightness in literature.  For me, I began thinking about it from and architectural point of view and how through mass and structure spaces are created.  I expanded this further conceptually for the ring.  
Six Memos for the Next Millennium ring 1, Lightness, by Cari-Jane Hakes
And so the blackened silver half dome that sits tilted on an angle is the universe.  It is perforated with stars and whilst it is imense and limitless it is the lightest thing I can think of.
Six Memos for the Next Millennium ring 1, Lightness, by Cari-Jane Hakes