I recently had the opportunity to create what may be one of my favorite anniversary commissions ever ~ a love story told through engineering graphs. It may have been the geekiest of romances — two college students passing love notes in the lecture hall of a biomedical engineering class — but sometimes love shows up in mysterious places. The important thing is to embrace it when we find it.
Mina & Steve were married seven years ago. To celebrate their anniversary, she dusted off their old textbook and asked if I could print one of the graphs onto copper. (It didn’t much matter which one, she noted, because they had been too busy flirting to have paid attention to what any of them meant.)
I’m a sucker for a good story, and a creative challenge. I’d met Mina once before, and thought she might be up for a playful approach to her original idea. So I asked for some personal info — first date, favorite song, etc. — and started replacing the equation labels with things that would make the piece more meaningful.
Two of my favorite panels are above. “Effects of Baby Over Time”, above right, is a cheeky attempt to include their first child who is on the way. The graph reminded me of a growing belly, so I stretched it a bit and changed the text. “Our Future Together”, above left, felt like the quintessential “happily ever after” sunset pic. I cropped all but one section of the graph, and used it as the focal point of the artwork. I photoshopped out some of the more personal info, but you can see the finished copper piece above. Happy Anniversary to Mina & Steve ~ here’s to many more!
Take care, and hug your loved ones~