Merging Art and Science to Create Water Walls

Technology is now benefiting us in more ways than one. It used to be that technology only enriched our lives on a convenient level; in other words, it only acted as a helpful hand and typically lacked any aesthetic appeal. For the longest time art and science were enemies – just go to a local University and see the clash between the two faculties. The problem was that there was no way to combine the two. The people who liked sciences were too different from the people who liked art so the conclusion was made that to combine the two was impossible. Luckily, times have changed.

The sound of water is very engaging. It engages us on many different levels. For one, we are made of water, water is in us – and water is in the Universe. Without water we don’t exist: simple as that. Perhaps it is for these reasons that many of us travel great distances in search for the perfect ‘oasis’ (oasis being a place where water and other natural elements reach a cohesion that transcends materialistic beauty.) The spot of ‘perfect water’ may be on beautiful lake on top of a private mountain, or it may be an ocean-view house. It is for these reasons that water walls have become so popular in homes – they appeal to us on both a technological level, as well as an artful level.

What are Water Walls?

To put it simply, water walls are the mixture of water and art. In other words, the water does what it supposed to do, fall via gravity from one point to another, while the art is supposed to supply the aesthetic appeal. How this works is that water falls over an already created piece of artwork (this can be anything, depending on an individuals preference).

One of the main reasons people buy and use water walls is again because of Feng Shui philosophy. This philosophy is very much one that depends on water. It believes in water as our natural source of ‘salvation’. It believes in the following:

Wealth and Prosperity: In many cultures water is considered a symbol of wealth. To put it another way, if you are a person who embraces water both with a personal connection as well as one that goes beyond the personal, then you will be a person who will be happier compared to someone who doesn’t embrace it. Water walls are good way to bring this symbolism into your life.

Nature Inspired – Arts and Science

In later years, his “journal” was filled with scientific observations and insights that became an important inspiration to the modern day environmental movements. Through both art and science, his transcendentalist perspective a century later became the conscious of an individual, as much as the character of a nation, our nation, America.

“Direct your eyes right inward, and you’ll find

A thousand regions in your mind

Yet undiscovered.” Travel them, and be Experts in home-cosmography”

Voice Of Thoreau 
“It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening….”

So said, H.G. Wells, english novelist and visionary, in 1902 in his article titled ‘Vision of the Future’ in a journal called “Nature”.

Poetry, music, art, religion, science, and philosophy, much is rooted in inspiration by nature.

A deep appreciation for the laws of nature, and interconnectedness of all life on earth as we know are important for sustenance of our cultural heritage of technology innovation. Such a heritage takes us back to such great minds of modern science and technology, as Charles Darwin, Henry David Thoreau, C.V.Raman, and Albert Einstein (just to mention a few such “great minds”) must also be part of such heritage of natural philosophy. It is important thus to note that before there was modern science and technology, there was natural philosophy.

In parallel, and often totally integrated to the process of science and technology innovation, were such great minds in philosophy and arts that existed in America. In that world of the past included practical minded founding fathers of America as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and George Mason.

Afterward, there were other “great minds” rooted in natural philosophy such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. It is from such “great minds” that our heritage of deep appreciation of nature comes forward to our era at the gates of 21st Century America’s knowledge economy and our spirit of innovation. Quest for clean water and associated “natural habitats” to sustain clean water comes from this heritage here in America.

Thoreau integrated art and science and provided a philosophical anchor for many 20th century leaders in community, arts, and science including, Martin Luther King (community leader), Gandhi (community leader), Tagore (literary voice and poet), and B.F.Skinner (scientist). Many today considers Thoreau is the father of the modern environmental movement.

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