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Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
In my work, I have tried to show that form and function can combine to be a compatible force. A piece of sculpture may be a purely visual form with its only function being that of satisfying man's aesthetic needs, or it may also serve a very useful purpose and remain an exciting visual object. There is no need for the dichotomy - visual or functional - to exist: A piece of sculpture can be both without sacrificing the effect of either. Naturally, this approach cannot apply to all objects for reasons of economy and practicality, but if we will open our minds to the idea that function does not have to be in opposition to form, then the aesthetic level of everyday life may be enriched.
Copyright 1971 Michael F. Livingston
Livingston, Michael F., "Function Versus Form : The Dichotomy of Sculptural Aesthetics" (1971). Master's Theses. 1403.