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15 Artistic Views of the Factory

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naperlou
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fanciful images
naperlou   5/30/2014 11:38:38 AM
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Rob, these are someinteresting views of the factory.  Actual factories are either very impresive or somewhat blase.  The truth is often not as dramatic as artists make it out to be.  Having been in very large factories and very small ones, it is interesting that, in general, one rarely has such a grand view of the whole factory floor.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   5/30/2014 11:57:24 AM
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Great point, Naperlou. there probably a good chance that many of these artisits have not spent much time in factories. Except maybe Diego Rivera.

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Boy on a hill
Pubudu   5/31/2014 2:12:16 AM
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Rob I really like the image Boy on a hill and now it is the best time for us to lock at the hills from a factories cause that there will not be a hills with a tries in near future. 

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far911   5/31/2014 9:54:03 AM
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You are right that usually factories are not very impressive. . But this view intrigue people to go for one.

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Art and cultural attitudes
Dave Palmer   5/31/2014 12:04:39 PM
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I think it's unfortunate how artistic representations of manufacturing have changed, but they reflect cultural attitudes, not necessarily the reality of manufacturing.

For a very impressive manufacturing facility, both inside and out, look at Signicast Corporation's Hartford, Wisconsin facility.  There is a virtual tour available here.

Manufacturing doesn't have to be dirty, dangerous, or dehumanizing.  The whole purpose of manufacturing, as Rob points out, is to elevate our standard of living.

far911
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far911   5/31/2014 2:47:40 PM
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This artistic view shows how we can be particular calculated and progressing.

naperlou
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naperlou   5/31/2014 7:40:54 PM
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Rob, one of my favorite has always been the spacecraft factories I had worked at.  These are, of course, very low volume, but they always had several things going.  There was also a test building, which was separate.  I think that was in case something went wrong.  They were always full of complex machines. 

Another very exotic types of facility is big science.  When I was at the University of Maryland we had our own cyclotron in the basement.  This also had a very large machine shop to keep it going.  I had an old sports car that I was restoring and the slave cylinder went out on my clutch.  The guys in the shop made me a new one out of titanium.  I was a thing of beauty.  In the Chicago area we have Fermilab, and also Argone National Labs.  The Advanced Photon Source (APS) is an older accelerator that is currently used to produce very high energy "light" for both industrial and research purposes.  The machinery there and the devices they make are very intesting and exotic. 

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NadineJ   6/1/2014 12:30:09 AM
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I agree.  These are really interesting.  Great slide show.  Something new.  It would be interesting to see more modern works, outside of the gaming industry.

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Tweet   6/2/2014 9:13:53 AM
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Hear, hear! I love all of those How It's Made shows, and I love touring factories. (favorite tour? Budweiser plant!)

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Steelmaking
Jim_E   6/2/2014 9:39:25 AM
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I'm a fan of one of the largest scale industries: Steelmaking.


My grandfather and my father both worked and retired from a small steel mill, and I spent two memorable summers there during college, giving me the desire to make it through college!


Here is an excellent, artistic site from Germany, showing awesome artistic views of the steel industry:

http://www.stahlseite.de/

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