A stop-and-chat today at Java Blend inspired me to take note of the various chimneys and chimney designs that can be found throughout the city.

Obviously, there are thousands upon thousands of chimneys in the city, made of various materials, reflective of various periods of design and technology. Some chimneys stand proud, erected in brick with copper adornments, some modern and made of metal, and many are utilitarian, built only out of necessity, without any regard for their importance in the liveability of inhabited space expressed through design.

Yes, yes, chimneys are pretty trivial everyday objects that understandably receive little attention by passersby. As I commented in a past post, it would be impossible to notice and make sense of every element of the urban environment — a city must be abstracted to be understood. But philosophically, focusing and meditating on chimneys provides us with immense insight into our culture, the nature of living, and concepts such as hearth, family, design, repetition and the built environment. Honing in on the mundane elements of the everyday urban landscape provides enriching avenues of consideration and ponderance.

And the fact that everyday objects are so ubiquitous and multitudinous in the dense networked social cultural nodes that are cities, it is so easy to just choose something — any old thing — any everyday object, and find an incredible amount of examples that will offer an infinite amount of particulars to consider.