Habroneme

We were asked if we wanted to contribute to an exhibition illustrating ‘lost words' - words that are in danger of being dropped from our language altogether as we gradually stop using them.

We chose the word ‘Habroneme', which means ‘having the appearance of very fine threads' and then set about searching for an appropriate way to illustrate it. Our solution was a two-metre tall, open slotted perspex box, through which one thread had been carefully strung, constructing the nine letters of the word.

Here you can see close-ups of the piece showing the single thread and the meticulously cut ‘slots' in the frame.

More details, showing the ‘H', ‘A', ‘R' and ‘O'.

The ‘R' in more detail.

And the ‘M'.

Just to give you a sense of scale, here’s two of our trusty collaborators making last-minute adjustments at the photo-shoot. The piece has been rebuilt at least once (it’s very fragile) and exhibited twice, here and here.

We’d love to exhibit it again, but please give us time to carefully wrap it in industrial quantities of bubble-wrap.