I was chatting with someone a while ago. I was talking about the artists that come up with an idea for a public sculpture and then pay a manufacturer to create it for them. I do all the work myself, they are not. Isn't that what artists do, make their own art? What about a painter, is he/she an artist if he/she pays someone else to paint a work of art for them?!? Can that person be called an artist. A vocalist is an artist, a ballet dancer, can they pay someone else to sing or dance for them and get the credit?
I can see if they need to get a piece of metal rolled to a certain shape and have to pay for the use of the equipment. Or if they can't weld and get someone to weld parts together under their supervision. But to just make a drawing and hand it over to some company to make it? I don't know about that. Am I wrong?