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    There is a great juxtaposition between art and engineering that is perceived by many. This project has been about finding the intersection of the… Read More
    There is a great juxtaposition between art and engineering that is perceived by many. This project has been about finding the intersection of these two disciplines through design and exploration. In seeking to represent the history of engineering, not just in regards to engineering as a whole but in regards to this University and its impact on society, I found myself looking for iconic moments that express the underlying structure of the engineering program. These materials were chosen to be a reflection of the kind of work and materials that are used by engineers. The wire lends itself to the straight lines and geometric shapes so often used to convey ideas in the world of engineering. The scope of the engineering world is so vast that it cannot be easily expressed in only one image, the comparison between the great and small in these images is meant to show some of that scope. The large jet engine against the small cell structure explore two different worlds of the natural and synthetic. They are a representational abstraction of iconic moments stripped down to their underlying structure. The design of the engine is something that has been changed and modified over time but is still an enduring image that stays with us. The cell structure is specific to a Crown Ether but represents a larger purpose that is behind its creation. The University of Dayton Chemical Engineering alumni Charles Pedersen won the 1987 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this important advancement in scientific knowledge. The aim of the abstraction of these iconic moments is to honor the work of all engineers and their feats. Nylon thread, copper, aluminum and steel wire on plywood Read Less
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