Art in Repair


Many people think that art is something that needs to spark creativity ability. Something that comes from deep within and that people need to be on a different wavelength to understand. This is how I felt for awhile, until I became friends with a larger group of people. The people that taught me the most about art and what we consider art can be conceived from virtually any aspect of life.

My peer, a gentleman that worked for a local pool repair company,, informed me about all of the art that comes into pool repair and other jobs of that nature. In essence, it is not about fixing one part to another or moving one rock to another that makes up landscaping, but rather a grand vision for a working product or environment that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also one that functions in the manner in which it should. It becomes an art project in itself, one that virtually anyone can appreciate.

Where is the divide?

There is a crucial divide between art and labor, and one that both artists and laborers will agree on. However, the divide differs depending on who you ask. Many laborers may not claim to be artists, and many artists would claim that they aren’t laborers. However, art and labor are both something that can be placed in similar categories, in that being able to do what you enjoy and working hard to that goal.

Art is something that can be defined in virtually any way, a way in which people can agree that will differ depending on who is being asked the question. In essence, there is really no way to separate the two, and each has their own division of both hard work and creative ability. In learning this, I was able to better understand not only how laborers felt about artists, but also how artists need to feel about laborers. The next time you see a piece of art or a construction project, view them not as completely separate, but a different division of labor and creativity that is both important to how we live.

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