Probably one of our favorite sculptures is the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of our favorite plays is Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
And some of our favorite music is composed and played by Lindsey Stirling. All of these items have one thing in common: they are part of the Arts and have been created by an artist.
The last thing you’d probably ever consider to be an art form is professional plumbing and pipes but we are going to explain exactly how this can be considered a medium and an art form. Keep reading for more insight!
Plumbing: An Ancient Art
The earliest forms of plumbing have been documented as far back as 4,000-3,000 BC. Ancient Egyptians were the first known civilization to make use of plumbing and pipes for sewage.
Other notable civilizations that used plumbing include the Romans and the Greeks. If you are wondering about slightly more modern, indoor plumbing, Isaiah Rogers was the first to place pipes inside of the Tremont Hotel in Boston. This took place in 1829!
If you research the history of the word ‘art,’ you will see that it comes from the word ‘artifice.’ Artifice can mean trickery, or clever, artful skill. It also refers to anything created and not found in nature. So simply by existing, pipes and plumbing can be considered art.
Modern Plumbing Marvels
So, if the plumbing is technically art, there have to be some well-known pieces, correct? If you can’t think of anything off the top your head, that’s okay--we’re here to help.
Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, Fountain of Wealth in Singapore, and the aqueducts all over the world.
Truly, if you want to see a show, check out the Fountains of Bellagio where lights are used with the water to create a stunning show set to music!
Plumbing Around Your Neighborhood
We understand that traveling can be expensive, but if you still want to see plumbing art in action, simply take a look around your neighborhood.
If there are designed ponds, fountains in those ponds, splash pads, public pools, irrigation systems or even a small waterpark, you are seeing plumbing art in action.
Irrigation systems may be hidden underground but again, by existing they are art, and they have a hand in keeping all of the plants and flowers healthy and watered.
It All Comes Down to Perspective
Although plumbing can be considered art just by existing, being able to see it as such is a matter of your perspective. Think about it like this: master artists study their medium and trade for years. They work under other well-known artists and learn to perfect their craft.
Our plumbers at Dr Rooter are much the same--they go to school to learn the theories and some hands-on training, and even after finishing, they still must train or apprentice under an established plumbing artist. It takes many years to learn everything possible, but very few will ever know EVERYTHING there is to know about plumbing.
The art of plumbing is always growing, changing, and expanding, just as other types of art are always being created. If you liked our thoughts on plumbing as art, take a minute to share this blog!