How Do You Stack Up?

24 May

IT’S TWO-CENT TUESDAY!

Today’s post: Club Creative Studio shares a low-cost creative suggestion to do an a rainy day, to pass time, or to infuse patience into your day.

The timing of this blog was not in any specific symbolic reference to or with ill-will of the devastation that nature has recently caused in Joplin, Missouri, U.S.A. or other locations. Tornadoes are tragic weather related events and my continued thoughts and prayers go to anyone that suffers at the hand of wind and its damaging forces left with efforts of rebuilding of memories, homes and life-styles.

This post is merely a thought that I had that would incorporate the use of time in a constructive and creative manner. It is an activity suggestion to be creative in a low cost way in spare time. Now is your chance to build or show someone young how to attempt to build a “house of cards” (also known as a card tower), it’s known as a structure created by stacking the cards from a deck of playing cards on top of each other in a fashion that remains stackable and in a form that is free-standing. It’s a test of fate. Will the structure easily fall with a gentle force or among the stress of keeping a still hand in its creation?

According to Wikipedia: “A “house of cards” is also an expression which dates back to 1645[1] meaning; a structure or argument built on a shaky foundation or one that will collapse if a necessary (but possibly overlooked or unappreciated) element is removed. Structures built by layering themselves in this way such as Stonehenge, are also part of this “house of cards architecture”, which dates back to the Cyclopean and Megalithic ages.[2]

image:orgs.philau.edu

The structures created using this method rely on nothing more than balance and friction in order to stay upright. Ideally, adhesives or other external connecting methods are not used, and no damage or alterations are made to the cards themselves. The larger the structure, therefore, the more likely it is to fall, due entirely to the higher number of balanced cards that could fail and compromise the integrity of the card building. Professional card stacker Bryan Berg claims, however, that the more cards placed on a tower the stronger it becomes, because the weight of the cards pushing down on the base (increasing friction) allows occasional cards to stumble without the entire structure collapsing. He also claims that proper stacking technique allows cards to function as sheer walls, giving considerable stability to the structure.[3]”

Creative Challenge: Make a Card Tower

Challenge yourself or someone you know to construct a card tower that is stable and creative. You will exercise patience, and persistence.

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