Pantropy

 

This piece was the first of the series. It began with an idea I had looking at a swallowtail butterfly and the beautiful patterns on its wings, and thinking: “What if the patterns mean something? What if this just a language that I don’t understand, something as inexplicable as Egyptian hieroglyphs before the Rosetta Stone? What if the placement of the features on our faces, the number of finger and toes, and even our symmetry means something? It put me in mind of the book “The Seedling Planets” written by James Blish in the ‘50’s. He wrote about our planet becoming so inhospitable that humans were genetically modified and sent to other planets so the human race could survive and pantropy was the word he invented for the genetic modification. The modified people didn’t know how they got there or where they were from.

This piece is made of a cast bronze body, head and legs; copper wings; fabricated copper grass; carved butternut stand and a brass base. The copper wings have our solar systems etched on them, so she will know where she has come from.

15”H x 12”W x 12”D

Pantropy