A functional sculpture; my firewood pile. Though some objects stick around a lot longer than this will, basically, all things are transient. All things will pass on with little or no trace. So why bother? Why care or invest effort?
For me , when building anything it's the joy of making: The delight of dreaming up forms and watching how the material directs their evolution. The benefit of attention and craft and of seeing an idea through to it's creation. The pleasure of seeing a thing was made well for it's use.These add up to a value of caring. It's an intrinsic value that transcends style, schools of thought, monetary value or fame. It gives work worth and made objects their life.