Science and Art are our two greatest passions here at WhimsySpace, and for good reason! Both fields are extremely creative, reach for new ways of seeing the world, and are deeply ingrained in the human condition. Can you imagine your life without Science or Art? Go ahead and think about it. Not just the obvious stuff like no cars, no television...but no medicine? No music? No space stations or Van Gogh? So many of the most wonderful things in the world are heavily based in one or both of these fields.
Science meets Art! Credit: Debra Hurd
That is why we decided to indulge in both; here at WhimsySpace we are constantly creating art based off of puns, strange juxtapositions, or something related to science. That can be anything from biology to psychology, physics or chemistry. There is the occasional dad joke, but we strive to present each piece with an associated chunk of research or current theory. Love a slice of cosmic pizza? Learn a bit about space food as well. Love vaguely vintage space designs? Learn about alternate universes as well!
Outside of pure intellectual fun, these are fields that redefine the human condition, grow us as a society, and help us to become better than who we were. Some of our favorite science (and admittedly science fiction!) revolves around space. Sure the warp drive of Star Trek is nothing we'll enjoy anytime soon, but we could go for a hike on Mars. Set up a city on the moon. See if there's an amazing space octopus under the ice of Europa. Imagine what the human race could be doing in a century or two! It's amazing to think about, and we can get there just by being curious about the universe and trying to figure out how it works.
Art is more geared towards how we respond to that knowledge, or even how we figure our own selves out. While we often become so used to it that we stop noticing...art is everywhere. We use it to relax, teach it in school, most of us doodle in class when we're bored and all of us have art pieces out there that we consider beautiful for some quiet reason we don't really fathom. We just love that thing, whatever it is.
These two fields often mix in nature, with laws of proportion and ratios that are not only fundamental to art...but fundamental to nature as well. Art has actually progressed a great deal throughout the centuries through the study of science. The two have been hand in hand since the beginning.
- Leonardo was perhaps the most famous scientist/artist to date, beautifully drawing machines, anatomy, and generally being amazing.
- Ancient Greeks used mathematics to create perfect harmony within their architecture, designing for how things would be experienced, not just constructed.
- Antoni Gaudi furthered the study of nature and architecture with the exquisite Sagrada Familia, employing the catenary arch to incredible effect.
- Cavemen with their rudimentary tools painted animals more accurately than we even do today!
Ultimately, Science and Art are the same thing; our attempts to understand the world around us. Their mediums may be different, the skills involved may not always be remotely similar, but taken together they begin to approximate the sum total of who we are. Our curiosity, our experiences, and where we are heading as a society.
So, we hope that you will occasionally drop by and enjoy our goofy drawings, our enthusiasm for science, and chat us up about fields you're interested in, or maybe even a scientific discovery you're interested in learning more about. Heck, feel free to share any you've made yourself! Some grand discoveries were made by an everyday curious person trying to figure out a cool idea they had, if you discover something amazing we'd be honored to have you share it here first ;)
Thanks for dropping by, and look forward to future posts! We'll be discussing new theories, breaking down the design steps used to create various pieces, and generally just really nerding out. Come join in the fun!
From all your Whimsical friends.