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The bamboo trap appears as a line drawn against the sea: diagram floating a diagram, weight-less, a-waiting for no thing. But this is an abstraction. What is its material value? It is only now that I realize its function as a trap would not be possible if it was merely an arrangement of bamboo poles that float upon the surface. I have taken its visible appearance to be truth, when in fact, it is the invisible arrangements of the structure which ensure its effective functioning as trap. Does effective function (fff: form follows function), truly make a better truth? What is it about its visible form that entices, intrigues? The trap is eloquent. Partitions order the area available to the trapped fish – effectively sorting the fish as they move (or don't) through the gates of each enclosure.
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This technique favours efficient gathering of the fish. Still, nothing Tayloresque about this design – no Lutheran budgeting. The outer points of the tulip (twolip) shape becoming the inner edge of the incrementally smaller shape until finally (like a dish within a dish within a dish) the area is small enough for a single fisherman to gather trapped fish into a small boat. I can glean no sense of scale from the photograph – there is no match to compare. It could be called an elegant solution to a problem: how to design a trap that will entice fish over a large area to swim into an enclosure small enough for one fisherman to farm; how to do this in such a way that the fish is not disturbed making its precious flesh bitter, or even bruised.