Form and Function

Wikipedia explains it well:

Form follows function is a principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. The principle is that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose.

The architects who developed this concept might well have borrowed it from a spider for the shape of this web certainly meets its intended purpose — a circular pattern of silk threads designed to capture lunch.

It’s not a perfect trap. Stuff happens. Catch a bird (or a careless hiker) and the whole thing goes for naught. A major do-over is required. But flies or little bugs, that’s a different matter. They can be subdued and stored in the cupboard or eaten right away.

Unlike a building, a web can have holes and funky patches. No matter, since the web owner is architect, builder and site inspector. Whatever works, works.

Spider web closeup

Form and function in action. 🙂


9 thoughts on “Form and Function

    1. Thanks, Pete. Spider webs are tough to photograph, at least for me. Some photographers have a real knack for catching the perfect moment, with dew drops or the resident owner sitting in the middle. I’m still working on that. 🙂

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    2. Spider webs are tough to wrangle into a photo. At least for me. I’m in awe of those who can catch dew drops on the threads, or a closeup of the web maker.


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