Copper wire is the perfect representation of what man does to his environment. The copper is pulled from the earth and it's natural form is crushed, heated, hammered, twisted and stretched until it no longer resembles anything natural. The wire is then used to carry electricity, the life's blood of industry.
Wire is cold, hard, rigid, running from point to point in straight lines to get the power there as fast as possible. Singular of purpose and free of aesthetics, a soulless servant of industry, it is a metophor for our lives.