For day 3 of “Polyhedral Milk Carton Week,” let’s talk about this black and white photograph entitled, Wandering Stars.
Oliver Helfrich and Antje Peter’s collapsible milk cartons
Oliver Helfrich made these gable-topped polyhedral paper sculptures for the 2010 book entitled The Book of Paper. Sharing authorship of the image, of course, is Antje Peters, co-author of the book, who made the photographs.
From milk cartons to tissues and take away coffee cups, paper plays an integral role in our day to day lives and yet we often take it for granted.
They did mention “milk cartons” in the press release for the book. But nowhere can I find any further discussion of the Wandering Stars construction.
Wondering about the Wandering Stars title
Not sure why they gave these abstracted milk cartons that particular title. The ancient Greeks called planets “Wandering Stars” (ἀστήρ πλανήτης) and they named the galaxy after milk (γάλα, gala).
Maybe that’s the reason? But, then again, it might mean something else altogether.
We’ve seen lots of packaging patents for collapsible bottles and the like. Here, Helfrich has whimsically invented some geometrically-collapsible milk cartons. The varying heights suggest a sequence, although it’s open to interpretation whether these cartons are being collapsed or extended.
The thing is, International Paper did, in fact, produce a collapsible milk carton in the 1970s. (Something we will be looking into on day 4 of “Polyhedral Milk Carton Week.”)