Functional Art: Occupying that tenuous space between fine art and the everyday, functional art refers to aesthetic objects that serve utilitarian purposes. The genre is remarkably inclusive: it encompasses everything from furniture and lighting to dishes and even books. artspace.com
Functional art is something that my son, Josh, and I have been thinking about for some time. The possibilities are endless, really. I think it’s time we get a little more serious about it.
This is a project that was challenging, fun, hard work, and rewarding. This quaint little house is owned by some good friends of ours. They wanted a railing and some sort of covering over the door but they also wanted it to be different and artistic. They approached me about it and we worked together on ideas.
I wanted it to be a work of art, something attractive, but at the same time I didn’t want to take away from the beauty and personality of the home which has been in their family for some time. I hoped it would accent what was already great. The lines and angles in the railing match up with the lines of the house but also have a feel of the mountains, which aren’t too far away.
It’s completely made of stainless steel making it maintenance free. (like I always say, it won’t rust, bust, or collect dust!)