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Just looking at the column of colorful tubes surrounding a chair and reaching up to the ceiling invites questions. No, it won't transport you to another dimension. But you can bend space in a manner of speaking. Sit in the chair and swivel, and the cords twist into an hourglass shape. Swivel back around, and the cords resume their straight lines to form a cylinder, showing how you can build a curved structure such as a tower out of seemingly unbendable steel beams.