Painting - Acrylic On Paper
Humankind is now aware that the Earth is not at the center of the universe. However, as it is their birthplace, humanity will always regard the Earth as central, and above the rest of the Universe in importance. Against a backdrop representing the expanding golden energy of the primordial universe after its creation, the Earth hovers over the bowl of the universe. Humans have encircled their home planet with objects they have created -- tools to discover that which created them. The planets of primary importance to humanity, the Moon and Mars, hover nearby. Other planets await exploration in the far distance. As the first space probes reach the edges of the Solar System, humanity begins to imagine other universes might also exist outside of their own.
This painting was chosen by the OURS Foundation to be one of 20 works of art sent to the MIR space station for "Ars Ad Astra" - the first art exhibit in Earth orbit. Launched with ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter of Germany, it remained on board Mir for approximately 5 months before being returned to the artist back on Earth.
August 19th, 2012
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