"Some have accused us of trying to square the circle. We are in fact constructing a virtuous triangle" uttered European Commission head spokesman Johannes Laitenberger this week, no stranger to geometry being a bit of a square himself.
And while the commission constructs 'virtuous triangles' out of car emissions policy, the German Presidency has installed its own 'Circle of Pretention' in the middle of the EU village.
The installation 'More Light!' is, we learn from co-sponsors the Goethe Institut, a "seismograph of urban mobility and interaction."
is it just a big flashy ring and another apt demonstration of a waste of energy blazing away throughout Sustainable Energy Week and indeed right under a 100ft high poster advertising the event? (see also below). Note too, that the installation is part-sponsored by German energy giant E.ON...
Geometrical fanatics can also visit the European Parliament's 'Hemicycle of Vapidity' and the Council of Ministers' 'Cuboid of Tedium' where similar wastes of energy can be encountered at close quarters.
BM adds (belatedly): Oh-hoooooo peachy. Click here for 'live' coverage of the installation in action. 'Ooooooh, aaaaaah'.