Dubai Skyline – Engineering or Art?
“Filling a space in a beautiful way. That’s what art means to me.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
This past weekend my wife and I were in Providence, visiting our daughter for the purpose of meeting her new boyfriend. Walking through our hotel I noticed an interesting diptych among the artwork decorating the hallway – two pieces celebrating the nearby Exchange Bridge. One piece, an engineering drawing used in the construction, had many characteristics – clean lines, geometric patterns, symmetry, and interesting ornamentation – usually associated with many purely artistic works. The other piece was a photo capturing the beauty of the resulting tangle of structural steel that was the bridge itself. The photographer, coming upon this utilitarian object, recognized that it had “filled a space in a beautiful way” – and thus was art, to Georgia O’Keeffe, to the photographer, as well as to many others who walk the streets of the city (or the halls of that hotel) every day. Continue reading