Creative Prompt #272: Bend

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all of those acts will be written the history of this generation. -Robert Kennedy

Post the direct URL (link) where your drawing, doodle, artwork is posted (e.g. your blog, Flickr) in the comments area of this post. I would really like to keep all the artwork together and provide a way for others to see your work and/or your blog.

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The Creative Prompt Project, also, has a Flickr group, which you can join to  post your responses. I created this spot so those of you without blogs and websites would have a place to post your responses.

Bend, Oregon

bend in the road


going around the bend

Bayou Bend Gardens, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

bend of the river

Turkey Bend Recreation area

bend don’t break

Carrick Bend

X-Men: Days Of Futures Past: The Bent Bullet

South Bend, Indiana

Bend it Like Beckham – 2002 movie

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

“Nature has a funny way of breaking what will not bend”

Engineering and construction

  • Bending, the deformation of an object due to an applied load
  • Bend, a curvature in a pipe, tube, or pipeline (see bend radius)
  • Bend knot, a general term for a knot used to tie two ropes together




Other uses

  • Bend Elks, baseball team located in Bend, Oregon
  • Bend (heraldry), a colored band that runs from the upper left (as seen by the viewer) corner of the shield to the lower right
  • Decompression sickness, commonly “the bends”
  • Bend, Not Break, a 2012 memoir by Ping Fu and MeiMei Fox
  • bend, an inspired, fitness apparel brand featuring an eco-friendly, bamboo fabric (

Definition (bending): “In Applied mechanics, bending (also known as flexure) characterizes the behavior of a slender structural element subjected to an external load applied perpendicularly to a longitudinal axis of the element.

The structural element is assumed to be such that at least one of its dimensions is a small fraction, typically 1/10 or less, of the other two.[1] When the length is considerably longer than the width and the thickness, the element is called a beam. For example, a closet rod sagging under the weight of clothes on clothes hangers is an example of a beam experiencing bending. On the other hand, a shell is a structure of any geometric form where the length and the width are of the same order of magnitude but the thickness of the structure (known as the ‘wall’) is considerably smaller. A large diameter, but thin-walled, short tube supported at its ends and loaded laterally is an example of a shell experiencing bending.

In the absence of a qualifier, the term bending is ambiguous because bending can occur locally in all objects. Therefore, to make the usage of the term more precise, engineers refer to a specific object such as; the bending of rods,[2] the bending of beams,[1] the bending of plates,[3] the bending of shells[2] and so on.” (Wikipedia)