Flowers set in a vase present the appearance of loosely managed chaos, of the organic whims of nature managed only slightly by where stems fall against the glass radius of the vase’s mouth. But look closer:

Thin, nearly invisible strips of tape enforce the order of the arrangement. This chaos is contrived. The tape is the floral equivalent of mousse in one’s artfully-mussed hair. For every arrangement of objects, the code and rules behind it. What techniques do we use to purposefully arrange the world around us?

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