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In your opinion, what is one of the most perfect human-made creations?

Asked by janbb (63036points) October 5th, 2011

I am thinking mainly of artistic creations of one kind or another but it could also be a concept or philosophy. The question was sparked by my re-reading of the first stanza of T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding” – in my mind an almost flawless creation. I love it for its cadence, its imagery and its meaning. What work is that to you and why, if you care to elaborate?

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GabrielsLamb's avatar

Hybred Orchids.

Blackberry's avatar

Music. I’m not going to specify because 99% is beautiful.

Scooby's avatar

Penicillin……… it just is.

smilingheart1's avatar

The design of a belt of land called a Park.

softtop67's avatar

Other Humans

Blackberry's avatar

@PhiNotPi I don’t get it. It’s a link to the same thread.

PhiNotPi's avatar

@Blackberry I fixed the link now. It is supposed to link to a New Scientist article.

Blackberry's avatar

@PhiNotPi Woooow, that’s amazing.

thorninmud's avatar

I’ll go with the Lady Blunt Stradivarius violin. No one has found a way to make a better fiddle in 300 years of trying, and the “Lady Blunt” is perhaps his finest (“The Messiah” is sometimes called the best, but it has never actually been played and its pedigree is disputed).

marinelife's avatar

The Great Pyramids.

Lightlyseared's avatar

A Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome.

Scooby's avatar

Guinness draught, extra cold……….. :-)

raven860's avatar

Circle but perhaps it was simply discovered and not invented? In that case Pie.

MNCgirl's avatar

Mattresses and cozy pillows.

boffin's avatar

…the most perfect human-made creations?
I agree with @Blackberry and @Imadethisupwithnoforethought both are creative and can be considered “romantic”. Thus being darn near perfect creations.
And subject to personal preference and taste.
So I’ll toss in a few more for consideration.
The Graf Zeppelin
Supermarine Spitfire
‘69 Chevy Camaro

Kardamom's avatar

I shall give a few examples:

This Painting

This Pastel

This Sculpture

This Japanese Woodblock Print

This Norwegian Ship

This Craftsman Style House

This Yosemite Hotel

This Song

Woodfired Mushroom Pizza

Cheese Enchiladas


Onion Rings

Blue Moon Belgian White Beer

Michelle Kwan’s Figure Skates

Airstream Trailers

A Stradivarius Cello

And of course here is a fine set of human-made creations.

Kardamom's avatar

@linguaphile Mmmmmmm Gregory Hines : )

CWOTUS's avatar

Beethoven symphonies. And Mozart’s.

Jeruba's avatar

My mind goes first to art, to paintings in particular. I couldn’t choose just one. But I’d be thinking Botticelli, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Monet… If I had to select only one painting to see on my wall forever, and no other, I could easily pick this or this or this or any number of other masterpieces and be content.

Or maybe just this, not a painting at all.

Sunny2's avatar

Velcro. Granted it’s based on nature, but what a great adaptation using man made materials.


The Oscar statue. Kind of reminds me of my physique. Lol. No, seriously.
We both have a classic swimmers’ physique.

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