Saturday, April 29, 2017

Beauty in the Details

So what is this a photograph of, I hear you ask.  It is a cast iron downspout on a Chateau in Normandy.  Why the downspout is cast iron, instead of something cheaper or easier I don' know.  Why is was cast in a swirl, rather than a simple round pipe, I don't know. Why someone took the time to incorporate a leaf emblem in the casting, I don't know.  What I do know is that these details add enduring beauty. The routine things in life, a simple pipe to carry rain water away from the roof, becomes a thing of beauty because someone made it out of a durable material, added a twist and a flourish.  I need to remember to add a twist and flourish to the routine things in my life.  

What have you seen recently that was wonderfully decorative when it didn't need to be? 

1 comment:

  1. I am all for decorative over utilitarian, I was recently at the Orpheum Theatre which has spending decorative design alas not done anymore.