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This is an untitled box from Cornell’s Solar Set. It typifies how I want to approach adapting the lightness of Mr. Penumbra into a blox. In this box, Cornell uses symbolic representations of “light”–transparent goblets, empty hoops, and pictures of the sun–to create a sense of open space and weightlessness. The hoops above seem to hang suspended in midair, while the marbles are elevated above the bottom of the box by the goblets.
In my blox for lightness, I want to combine the form of a dragon (from The Dragon Song Chronicles) with transparent, shimmering layers. This will give a sense of the ethereality and otherworldliness evoked by fantastic literature. Like Cornell, I want to create a sense of open space, possibility, and wonder with my blox.
Lightness is a somewhat difficult quality to adapt visually. Instead of trying to capture lightness in an image, I will instead aim for the aesthetic of my adaptation to convey a sense of lightness. Clay experiences lightness when he reads about the magical world of singing dragons, scholarly dwarves, and wise wizards. For my adaptation, I hope to combine the visuals of The Dragon Song Chronicles with transparent layers and luminescent colors in order to convey a sense of lightness.
My own experience of lightness in the book comes from reading about Clay and Neel’s experience reading The Dragon Song Chronicles in sixth grade. When Clay first arrives at the bookstore, he explains his love of books to Penumbra:
” ‘Tell me,’ Penumbra said, ‘about a book you love.’ I knew my answer immediately. No competition. I told him, ‘Mr. Penumbra, it’s not one book, but a series. It’s not the best writing and it’s probably too long and the ending is terrible, but I’ve read it three times, and I met my best friend because we were both obsessed with it back in sixth grade.’ I took a breath. ‘I love The Dragon Song Chronicles.'”
This scene captures the essence of Calvino’s lightness. Furthermore, Clay’s knowledge of The Dragon Song Chronicles allows him to approach problem-solving in a creative way by imagining problems as scenarios from the book.