艺术世界 Jun.2013 275 期

As a kind of movement, spin appears to be more fundamental than others. Even in a state of so called motionless, as Galileo had said, things are still spinning. Spin is an exciting game involving both body and mind. Wherever it leads our spirit, we can always enjoy the greatest pleasure and satisfaction.

27 Armin and Peg-top(节选)

Wu Chen | Text        Armin Kolb | Photos

Armin Kolb, German, has been designing and making peg-tops for these over 20 years. This spinning little thing is quite popular in the traditional games of many countries, while its origin remains mystery. It is ancient but simple. You can say that it is just a plaything, but you have to admit that what an important matter to play——it means forgetting yourself and having a temporary distance from the actual life. When a peg-top spins smoothly and quietly, its sedate status is like it is asleep. And when it trembles to stop gradually, it means it is to wake and thus interrupt the gazes from the audience and wakes our short absentmindedness. It is hard to deny when look at it spinning, there are a few seconds when we forget a lot of things and out heart spins with it.

                                    

Maybe it is this kind of magic that mad Armin Kolb a pure and adorable handicraft, who owns a woodturning lathe and only makes peg-tops. From a handsome young man to now the amiable and naughty mid-age-like, Armin has unchanged affection for his peg-tops like a child. He’d rather condense his life into this tiny toy. “Spinning” is secret move that belongs to him in his life, as we can imagine his thousands of tests on new products, savoring each round of subtle spinning with different gravity centers, materials and devices.
                             
                

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