I call this shape "Phi". This is a prototype shell, the outline of a piece of functional sculpture for the desktop coming soon.
This is the central shape around which I am developing a series of products.
It is interesting and useful, I hope you will agree.
Interesting: "Phi" makes for great conversation and fruitful contemplation. "Phi" describes the "oomph" in life. "Phi" marries the Great Pyramid and an egg. The Great Pyramid was faced with ancient limestone and an egg is perishable eggshell. Both are/were white calcium carbonate. The Great Pyramid has a planar geometry and the egg has a fractal curve. Both are expressions of the Golden Ratio, Phi, from which the sculpture recieves its name. Together they generate and protect a flame at the heart of their union. "Phi" is a model of the meta-process underlying consciousness and life, after the Trivium, the Hegelian Dialectic, and Meru.org . The sculpture depicts the fertile alchemical marriage of contrasting elements on common ground generating a novel third element, where time is the vertical dimension along which the process evolves, like a splash of milk.
Useful: With an oil candle inside this "Phi" prototype shell makes a fine focus for meditation. It also keeps my coffee steaming hot in the morning, my sake hot at night, and humidifies my room all day with fresh steam. It makes a very nice planter (hanging planter too) especially for succulents and ivy. It is useful for rooting plant cuttings and displaying fresh flowers. It makes a great dining table centerpiece, pencil holder, patio light, paperclip caddy, incense burner, egg holder, earring display, fish tank decoration, emergency light, paperweight, and of course, it makes a memorable gift. "Phi" is a visual metaphor for love, marriage, home, and family, which makes it an especially fine wedding present, perhaps even a wedding cake decoration. But it is likewise at home as a table centerpiece on any occasion, on the altar, and/or for the daily desktop use to which I put it.
Please note this object is very small, under four inches high. I plan a larger version.
Please use due caution. If you want to put hot liquids on top, be careful not to spill, and use only containers with a large flat bottom surface that rests securely on the upper rim of the sculpture. Use candles only in well-ventilated areas well-away from any flammables.