Unified uni·fied | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfīd \ : brought together as one
A whole object is hard to notice. We expect our things to be complete and unbroken. A wall without a crack. An arm without a scar. A plant without a tear. Though these objects are uniform, they are not quite unified. The definition of unified places emphasis on the state of being brought together as one. This definition requires separate pieces, a break, a tear or a whole. This essay focuses on this idea of wholeness by centering objects that had once been complete but were then broken and ultimately brought back together again. Mended or healed, patched or repaired. Unified.
A crack in the concrete is filled with foam Oct. 5 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Chips in a bowl are restored using super glue Oct. 12 at Dumas Apartments in Columbia, Mo.
Bark grows around a gash in a tree trunk Oct. 12 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo.
Scar tissue mends a wound Oct. 10 in the Columbia Missourian newsroom in Columbia, Mo.
Sealant fills a crack in a column Oct. 12 at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.
Missing brick halves are replaced by fallen leaves Oct. 5 in downtown Columbia, Mo.