For many of us, when we think of art, we think of the works of great painters like George Seurat or Andy Warhol. Some may think of beautiful music like that of Mozart or Beethoven.
Perhaps some of us even think of the words of our favorite poet, or a dance by a prima ballerina, or even a performance by an esteemed actor. Many things may come to mind when we think of art, but one thing that does not…is plumbing.
We don’t often consider plumbing an art by our basic standards of what “art” is, but if you take a moment to think about it, professional plumbing really can be art! And if the plumbing contractors at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air, and Electric are the best artists in the business!
What is The Meaning of Art
If you were to look up the word “art” in the dictionary, you would find a slew of possible meanings for the word, based on different contexts. You would also see that our modern word “art” comes from the word artifice, which can mean anything that does not occur in nature.
While plumbing has been around for many, many years, it doesn’t exist on its own in nature. And if plumbing has never existed in the natural world, then by the definition of “artifice” it has always been art!
Other definitions of “art” include words like “skill,” “knowledge,” and even “science.” Therefore, a job like plumbing which involves a particular set of skills and a knowledge of science must also be considered “art”!
The Visual Art of Moving Water
Modern plumbing has allowed for a different kind of visual art form that can now be seen around the world. The first dancing fountains show was installed in
Transylvania by a man named Peter Bodor around 1820- almost 200 years ago! Since then, technology has continued to advance, and fountain shows have become more and more complex.
Today, the art of modern plumbing is on display around the world at Las Vegas resorts, as well as in amusement parks and gardens of all kinds. Have you ever been to see the world-famous Fountains of the Bellagio show in Las Vegas? It really is a wonder to behold, with its 12,000 individual fountains moving 22 million gallons of water a year as high as 460 feet into the air.
Finding The Art in Your Everyday Life
You don’t have to go far to see the art of plumbing in action! You can witness suburban uses for our modern art of plumbing right here in Louisville, in everything from your home’s sewer drains, to public drinking fountains and man-made lakes, and even water parks like Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center just a few miles away in Clarksville!
So the next time you’re quick to dismiss everyday plumbing as ordinary, remember the skill and true art it truly requires! Give Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air, and Electric a cal in Louisville, KY for any and all professional plumbing needs you may have!