A SKYWARD-REACHING QUEST FOR KNOWLEDGE
An 8mm-thick piece of flax cord hangs from a sack lying outside on the ground or on the floor of an at least 10m-high room. A clutter of 47 3-metre long and 45mm-thick ash-wood poles, tapered at both ends, lie strewn all around. In the midst of the clutter, three poles roped together with flax cord at their centres rise above the sack to form a tripod. HEINZ climbs up the tripod and lingers a moment, squatting on the intersection where the three poles meet. Leaning down from his perch, he picks up the pole lying closest to him on the ground and tugs the flax cord from the sac from which he cuts a 1.5m length. He then fixes the pole vertically to one of the tripod’s skyward pointing legs and straps another pole from the heap to it, thus connecting the tripod leg to the ground. Propped up with one pole bound steadfastly to another, a structure gradually unfolds to form a tower reaching for the sky.