May I add, it’s also a dichotomy? The artistry tries to depict, but the limits of technology are also part of the struggle. Without respecting technology, then the artistry is merely that. However, when the 2 can come together, and it all falls into place, then the dischord becomes a new melody.
Quite often, I find, my best inspirations and motivations come with strong emotion. Often, in this forum, moments of clarity seem to be preceded by such struggles.
Indirectly, I owe several of my concepts to the push and pull, especially between Wilfried Ellmer and myself. I’ve worked hard on both FLIP and Ramform design concepts. As such, I’m probably as well informed of what they are, as anyone that hasn’t been aboard them can be. Because of that, I’ve emailed with an engineer at PGS (Ramform fleet owners), and even the Captain of the FLIP.
In order for anything to get done, though, the reality of the structural limitations has to be respected, along with attention to detail.
Now, put it into perspective of someone willing to toss some years of my life and most of my income into building one dream, to last the rest of my life, and stand the testament of time as my singular achievement, I know the requirements I face, to build a safe, livable, durable structure, and I fully intend to do so.
If, on the otherhand, I was looking to gain financing to build, then artwork, specs and plans will have to be informed and detailed by the structural concerns. I can’t very well go in and say I want to build a ferrocement barge hull, then go back as say I misspoke, the hull has to be 10 times thicker, and costs 8 times more than you already gave me…
Without the struggle here, I wouldn’t HAVE the inspiration, or sufficient knowledge, that gives me the details to build.
Artwork is fine and dandy, but it’s a long way from a drawing to a fleshed-out concept, and only a tad further to an engineered design. What do we want? How can we build it? What do we need to do it? Where will we build it? Where will we put it?