gerard unger

The g is the most beautiful letter in the alphabet. No doubt about it. Not the one on the left, the one on the right. Two different g’s/ One with one eye and a hook and the other with two eyes, or an eye and a loop. But what do i mean by letter? Certainly not the sound sometimes so hard, as in German, sometimes so soft, as it can be in French-and certainly not the sound that g generally represents in Dutch-that fross between a cough and a gargle that foreigners so often find both difficult and ugly. And what does ‚beautiful’ mean? It is a word that we are capable of using totally blindly and with perfect conviction. Compare: one of the most amazing creature s of the animal kingdom is the giraffe. Certainly a trotting giraffe: with long knobby legs, crossed and uncrossed again in wide sweeps-without becoming entangled. Above them, that long, long neck, slowly and regally inclined, then held erect again. beautiful indeed. Pure beauty. A cause for boundless lyricism. And, too , a giraffe had beautiful eyes and a beautiful coat. The g is the giraffe of the alphabet: an amazing creature surrounded by quotidian quadrupeds. Most of the small letters are simple combinations of these elements: arcs and straight lines ( horizontal, vertical or sloping). Only the a, g and s escape this pattern the g most of all. strange is beautiful.

The 2 is a remarkable conglomeration of forms. From the top left a flat arc sets off towards the right. Turning down, the curve becomes sharper, sweeps out again and zooms down to bottom left, to end in an elegant swan neck. And then there’s that blunt horizontal bar. As if the 2 were a sum its own with a line below it but no result. A modulated curve and a bar-to which i have added two sturdy triangles to make this 2 een sharper and more exact. No longer a 2 for a duo like Romeo and Juliet. Or is it? that curve was not determined mathem atically, it was drawn freehand, by eye, and it is accordingly uncertain. A romantic element amongst three exact components: a ball gown worn to a lecture on Pythagoras. Are numerals letters? After, at some indeterminate time, the shapes of capitals and small letters had been established as a writing system, the numerals were added later-borrowed from the Arabians. They have never quite become assimilated, and are still today an exotic group alongside the letters. Numerals have plenty of opportunity in these calculated and numbered times to go their own proud way and get everything right.

The 2 is a remarkable conglomeration of forms. From the top left a flat arc sets off towards the right. Turning down, the curve becomes sharper, sweeps out again and zooms down to bottom left, to end in an elegant swan neck. And then there’s that blunt horizontal bar. As if the 2 were a sum its own with a line below it but no result. A modulated curve and a bar-to which i have added two sturdy triangles to make this 2 een sharper and more exact. No longer a 2 for a duo like Romeo and Juliet. Or is it? that curve was not determined mathem atically, it was drawn freehand, by eye, and it is accordingly uncertain. A romantic element amongst three exact components: a ball gown worn to a lecture on Pythagoras. Are numerals letters? After, at some indeterminate time, the shapes of capitals and small letters had been established as a writing system, the numerals were added later-borrowed from the Arabians. They have never quite become assimilated, and are still today an exotic group alongside the letters. Numerals have plenty of opportunity in these calculated and numbered times to go their own proud way and get everything right.


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