I recently had the opportunity to create what may be one of my favorite anniversary commissions ever ~ a love story told through engineering graphs. Â 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. Â The important thing is to embrace it when we find it.
Mina & Steve were married seven years ago. Â To celebrate their anniversary, she dusted off their old textbook and asked if I could print one of the graphs onto copper. Â (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. Â I’d met Mina once before, and thought she might be up for a playful approach to her original idea. Â 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. Â “Effects of Baby Over Time”, above right, is a cheeky attempt to include their first child who is on the way. Â The graph reminded me of a growing belly, so I stretched it a bit and changed the text. Â “Our Future Together”, above left, felt like the quintessential “happily ever after” sunset pic. Â I cropped all but one section of the graph, and used it as the focal point of the artwork. Â I photoshopped out some of the more personal info, but you can see the finished copper piece above. Â Happy Anniversary to Mina & Steve ~ here’s to many more!
Take care, and hug your loved ones~