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The bubble is probably the most precarious of all sculptural forms. From the moment you bring it into existence, you become suspended to its ­trajectory, for you know it will be short-lived. It defies every feature of the monument, negating gravity, being almost transparent and ­refusing to stay put. No matter how beautiful you find it, you take malicious ­pleasure in wishing its demise. Strangely, its fragility recalls ­inspiration—it can fade away just when you think you’ve seen it. Psychological bubbles can also appear between people. They often surround tacit agreements or shaky common grounds. An uncalled-for gesture, look or word can ­shatter the most wonderful harmony.

This article also appears in the issue 65 - Fragile
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