It must mean something to the patron. Otherwise what would have been the point? The commissioned artist will have wasted her creative time. And, for that matter, the client will have poured money down the drain, just as the artist empties her jar of dirty paint water. One of the important points about commissioning functional fine art work is that its end result must connote some form of meaning for the client and her visitors.
They must want to look at it every other day. You do not want to see a piece of fine art hanging on a wall or standing in a hallway just collecting dust. Sadly, many people still do not see the point. It’s not all their fault. It takes time to acquire an appreciation for fine art. But what better way to help create that appreciation by making it functional. Functional as in not only does the artwork have meaning, it also has a purpose.
Good artwork can be applied to everyday life. The things you do in the kitchen. The things you do at the office. Lighting the fire at night can have its artistic touch. And in the garden, a touch of elegance can be added. That is to say that you are a regular user of the good garden. Fine art complements flora very nicely indeed. It’s perfect for the kitchen, when you think about it. Who would have thought the just a coffee mug and a kettle could both be works of art?
The dinner service rolled out for the guests certainly is. Even advertising gurus are getting the picture. They can see how important it is to entice people with things they know they will be able to use every day.