ORIGIN: Starting the Conversation

The Engineer and The Artist

05.20.14 by Dan Mazzei
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Many years ago an engineer married an artist. The engineer pursued order, symmetry and productivity. The artist did not. The artist was nurtured by free expression, nature’s beauty and spontaneity. The engineer was not. Surprisingly, both were fascinated by the random structure of the plant genera. They decided to build a garden. This allowed the engineer to satisfy his desire to subdue nature and produce something useful. It allowed the artist to express herself through nature’s canvas. There was peace in the garden. Elsewhere…well…there was peace in the garden. This is their creation.

Figure 1. The Garden, The Goat Shed and Young Fruit Trees

Figure 1. The Garden, The Goat Shed and Young Fruit Trees

Figure 2. The Salad Bed

Figure 2. The Salad Bed

Figure 3. The Cold Frame For Early Start Tomatoes, Peppers, Carrots and Cilantro

Figure 3. The Cold Frame For Early Start Tomatoes, Peppers, Carrots and Cilantro

Figure 4. Space Saving Potato Towers

Figure 4. Space Saving Potato Towers

Figure 5. Summer Greens, Blackberries, Catfish Tanks, and Grape Arbor

Figure 5. Summer Greens, Blackberries, Catfish Tanks, and Grape Arbor

Figure 6. Pear Trees, Peach Trees, Pine Trees and The Egg-Laying Chicken Home

Figure 6. Pear Trees, Peach Trees, Pine Trees and The Egg-Laying Chicken Home

Figure 7a. Lettuce For The Salad Bowl

Figure 7a. Lettuce For The Salad Bowl

Figure 7b. Lettuce For The Salad Bowl

Figure 7b. Lettuce For The Salad Bowl

Figure 8. Broccoli For The Steamer

Figure 8. Broccoli For The Steamer

Figure 9. Last, But Certainly Not Least, The Birds With A Different Purpose

Figure 9. Last, But Certainly Not Least, The Birds With A Different Purpose

One Response

  1. Bill Munsell says:

    I am that. Fine Art major, New York School of Visual Arts 1985-1987, Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma 1987-1992. I do not consider the two to be opposed, but to occupy different spaces on a spectrum. -Bill

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