Beauty and the machine

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful , we must carry it with us or we find it not"  Ralph Waldo Emerson.  This is food for aesthetic thought.  The following Op Ed piece in Prince Edward County Wellingtobn Times  is also thought provoking.  I say no more.

Machine or sculpture in the garden?

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By Henri Garand

Aesthetics is often a handy club in the dispute over wind energy development. Whenever anyone raises some economic, environmental, or health concern, proponents claim it’s really a disguised objection to the sight of wind turbines— and “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. The cliché may serve the political aims of the wind industry, but it slights the complexity of the aesthetic and cultural reasons why not everyone welcomes wind turbines.

A survey of art history like Umberto Eco’s History of Beauty (2004) shows that human taste involves more than psychological responses to factors like color, shape, and texture. It reflects inherited cultural attitudes, for example, towards nature and machines.   for full article

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