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Timber and Railroad Steel Wall Art from Rail Yard Studios

There exists a fine line between design and art, and we walk that line every day.

In our eyes, "art" can be defined as an object that is individually unique with no defined utilitarian purpose. 

"Design" distinguishes itself from art, by being reproduced on on a larger scale and having a utilitarian purpose - at least to our way of thinking.

Miriam-Webster defines art as "something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings." and they go on to say that design is "the process of planning how something will look, happen, be made, etc." 

Ummmmm.

67 Date Nail on Timber and Steel Railroad Art from Rail Yard Studios

So we design and build furniture - like tables. 

People tell us they are beautiful, and they are made to evoke the memory of the railroad and preserve the idea of the history.

So are we design or art?

Usually, we say design. But not today.

This one, we consider art. 

We present for your consideration our first wall sculpture. With no utility other than to adorn a wall and provide aesthetic interest. 

So how do you define the difference between art and design?