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The Art Of Engineering

Before the mechanisms of our everyday devices retreated to the atomic level, hidden from view in smooth glassy microliths, engineering was macroscopic. Big moving parts, switches, dials and gauges, form following function. They were the results of mathematics and design by canny engineers and implemented by talented craftspeople.

As the products of human artifice, ontologicaly, they are works of art. However, the aesthetic aspects of steam engines, bridges, valve computers and other examples of early industry, have been mostly under-appreciated. Now that they are divorced from their original purposes this set of monochrome photography by North Tasmanian artist Mousehammer hopes to garner some admiration for the forms, skills and art that went into them.