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Engineers and Architects Elevate Solutions into Art

Engineers and architects are artists who work in the medium of buildings. In this article, architect, structural engineer and artist Bradford Russell elaborates on the connection between those three roles in the following article, using the Hoover Dam as an example.

It’s crucial to meet the most fundamental requirements first, such as the function of the dam: holding back water. Once that’s handled, there’s room for more problem solving and creative invention, shown by the dam’s beautiful and purpose-defining gate valves and air intake. Finally, the Art Deco style intake towers and gargoyles symbolically defend the dam from demons, raising the project to a higher level of craftsmanship.

The Hoover Dam is a technological and artistic accomplishment. The inner problem solver, inventor, and artist in each engineer and architect contributes to the final product, merging structure and style.

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