Kivi-Lyme biopen


At the temporary exhibition of the National Museum, I came across the aerial photographs of Milán Radisics, entitled Our Footprint - Man's Impact on the Planet (worth seeing as part of the World Press Photo exhibition). Because we rarely look from above, aerial photography alienates and beautifies our environment. From above, only the play of colours, lights and shadows prevails, and only we on the ground suffer the fine details. From a distance, distracting details disappear, but up close, a slice of reality can be shocking. That's how we might see this pen, which looks like a cheerful, lively kiwi, but on closer inspection...

Kivi-Lyme biopen with ticks

The maker of this fountain pen substituted tiny ticks for kiwi seeds. As a secondary association, the word Lyme, which resonates with another southern fruit, may come to mind, and may even be hidden in the 'seed', further stretching the contrast. In any case, the creator has taken a bold and re-thinking approach to the fashionable requirement of 'natural ingredients'. It is probably a unique piece, as it takes about 25 insects per pen to achieve the desired effect. An improved version of this particular bio-cell could be to create small cells for the ticks to move around in, as this insect can survive up to 8-10 years without food.

Fountain pen with ticks

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