habit zero #143

one thing I observed


I found this lovely street art near a grand parking lot in Tel-Aviv. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the artist name, but these amazingly simple abstract figures are practically scattered all around the southern parts of the city. Typically, they are much smaller, but this couple was seen from quite a distance.

But it was only when I got closer that I saw the black motorcycle decorating the scene. It was a perfect addition to the frame. In fact, it added a kind of a background story to it. It gave the figures a new context. Are they lovers running away? Is one of them about to ride into the sunset, leaving the other behind?

What do you think?

one thing I thought of


It’s amazing how an ordinary detail — something you see or even use every day — can spice up an idea or something you are creating. The accidental (or intentional) addition of the motorcycle above, gave this artwork a new life and more than one possible new meanings. If it were replaced with a different object, the story would have changed.

The same idea can be applied to areas other than art. Think of an idea you have or a challenge you are facing, and try to add an ordinary object or concept from a completely different domain. Maybe nothing special will happen. But maybe, the new addition will create a new possibility-space — one in which a creative insight is waiting to be discovered.

one thing to go


Think of famous artwork and try giving it a new meaning by merely adding one ordinary object.

Think of a challenge or an original idea you have and try spicing it up by adding an ordinary object or concept to the frame.

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