Technostratigraphy of a technological object

November 23rd, 2014

Bringing the Anthropocene down to Earth: A measuring sheep serves well as a means to scale down huge concepts to graspable entities.

The Stratigrapher’s Tape

This is a tape measure cleverly disguised as a sheep. Pulling the tail reveals the many centimeters coiled within, which whip back when you squeeze its belly—at once a soft toy and a tool. It was a gift from my mother, an avid knitter, because I also love to knit. As a measuring instrument, it helps me follow patterns and make sure that the vest for my boyfriend is not too tight and the hat for my niece is not too loose.