cupule

WHY, WHAT’S THAT? IT’S A CUPULE! WHAT’S A CUPULE? A CUPULE IS A CUP-SHAPED DEPRESSION CARVED INTO A ROCK VIA REPETITIVE, PERCUSSIVE BLOWS AIMED AT A SINGLE POINT ON THE ROCK FACE. IT IS AN INCREDIBLY SIMPLE FORM OF ROCK ART. IT IS ALSO AN INCREDIBLY COMMON FORM OF ROCK ART. CUPULES ARE IN FACT THE MOST COMMON OF ALL ROCK ART MOTIFS AND PETROGLYPHS. THEIR UBIQUITY SPANS NOT ONLY THE GEOMETRIC SPACE OF THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE TIME OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION. THE OLDEST CUPULES POSSIBLY PREDATE 400,000 YEARS AND CUPULES HAVE CONTINUED TO BE MADE EVEN THROUGH THE 20TH CENTURY. CUPULES ARE THE OLDEST FORM OF ROCK ART AND HAVE BEEN INDEPENDENTLY INVENTED BY HUMAN SOCIETIES ON EACH POPULATED CONTINENT. CLEARLY, THEY ARE A MARKER INTIMATELY TIED TO THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CREATIVE HUMAN EXPRESSION. CUPULES ARE ALSO QUITE FUN TO MAKE. THE MEDITATIVE FOCUS REQUIRED FOR THEIR PRODUCTION INVOKES FEELINGS OF TRANQUILITY AND ACCOMPLISHMENT. AFTER A FEW HUNDRED BLOWS, ONE CAN ALREADY READ THE CONCAVITY THAT THE CUPULE FORMS AS THE ROCK’S SEDIMENT FLAKES. AFTER A FEW THOUSAND BLOWS, ONE IS PRESENTED WITH A DEEP, POWDERY DEPRESSION THAT IMBUES A SIMPLE ROCK WITH INTENT AND MEANING.

MAYBE CUPULES DON’T HAVE TO BE MADE USING ROCKS AND HAMMERS. OFFERED ABOVE IS A STRIKE POINT — A SQUARE, WHITE BUTTON. USE YOUR MOUSE TO HIT IT REPETITIVELY, OVER TIME CARVING OUT A CUPULE OF YOUR OWN. HONE IN ON CUPULE MAKING’S FREE FORM PROCESS OF SCULPTURE. IN SIMPLE GESTURES, SHOULDER THE CREATIVE LEGACY OF ALL HUMANITY. WHEN YOU FEEL YOU’VE STRUCK YOUR OWN CUPULE ENOUGH, CLICK SUBMIT. DOING SO WILL SEND IT FOR DISPLAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GALLERY. YOUR CUPULE WILL BE SOLIDIFIED, ITS DEPRESSION CAST. AN ALERT WILL NOTIFY YOU OF THE NUMBER OF STRIKES YOUR CUPULE CONTAINS, ITS ESSENCE CAPTURED IN NUMERIC FORM.