For all of our scientific advances, there are still many questions that remain unanswered. In the new book The Where, the Why, and the How, artists take a stab at explaining those mysteries. For this challenge, we asked you to create an illustration to answer the following question:
Are we alone in the universe?
Our universe is not only a psychedelic playground for the easy-going aliens but is also a control center for the creators of good and evil.
Perhaps an alien race weren't as clear as we are, somewhat amorphous in shape but still had a face of some sort. Perhaps they might look like this.
The volatile energies of the Universe are always among us. They will never leave us alone and will always sway the direction of life's existence.
I'm not sure if we're alone in the universe or not, but wouldn't it be fun if we weren't? Who wants to be alone?
Maybe we're alone, maybe we're not. In any case it would be completely weird if we were and completely weird if we weren't, don't you think? These different characters looking at each other astonished, similar looking yet not at all, are kind of how I feel about the whole idea of there being something beyond our world--weird, crazy, but kind of fun and intriguing.
This piece represents the lonely existentialist.The only way to experience the universe is through our own self. while we have others, we are limited to our own individual perspective.
I wanted to portray that aliens think similarly to humans, thinking that they're not alone in the universe. I also wanted to try a different design for the aliens instead of the classic little green man.
We are not alone in the universe, for there cannot be such beauty without something else out there watching over us. We are always being protected and carefully cared for by someone. This is pencil and watercolor depicting an other-worldly being enclosing the universe in its hands.
The universe is a honeycomb storing memory very much like our Cerebral cortex. The bee shows us how pollination is key to life in the universe as small as a speck of dust, hidden inside our consciousness or drifting in space longing for a place to plant its seed.
I just happened to hear about your challenge on the show and thought of this silly little 'toon I did long ago. Then I thought..."Why not?"
The gas and dust of outer space formin a new galaxy.
so...fairly obvious, eh? I created this collage within Photoshop while listening to LOADS podcasts of "Snap Judgement" which I discovered inadvertently as I googled images for this art. It always amazes me where I end up while searching for the most prosaic of things.
In essence, I'm not so sure we will ever see another lifeform staring back at us, through the void, but I continue to foster the possibility. I do take a fancy to Einstein's theory of reels of time existing side by side in bends of space...or is that quantum mechanics?
Gosh, I get them so confused! And, sadly, the math partition in my brain has withered and died- dried up like a raisin in the sun, so I can't use that language to explain as eloquently as Stephen Hawking, or Richard Feynman, or Carl Sagen - and so I am brought back and around again to the art which I present for your perusal.
I hope I win :-)
Are we alone in the Universe? Of course we are. Just ask this guy.
Nimiland's lineage derives from a cohesive group of my sculptures called Simultaneous Universes. Inspired by the possibility of unknown worlds beyond our own, Simultaneous Universes explores my infatuation with astrophysical images and the imagination it inspires. To further explore and understand the personality of my sculptural creations, I often paint portraits of my sculptures. I animate the sculptures in my dreams and whole evolutionary stories develop as the work comes to fruition. In essence, I become a scientist researching my own creations. Nimiland is a portrait of a sculpture I created of an inter-gallactic Nimi hurdling through space.
"Are We Alone in the Universe?"
"Are We Alone in the Universe?" Illustration A: using a call-out/zoom-in.
Illustration B: just the bottle w/message inside.
Infinite space- more than likely, company's out there.
Looking In acrylic 48"x48" the Hourglass Nebula. Are we Alone. Scientist can decipher Nebulas as innumerable particles of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma, collapsing and clumping together due to mysterious gravitational attraction into vast clouds light years across time and space, Appearing like fantastical worlds and beings . Knowing that the dung beetle uses the Milky Way for orientation and navigation, then perchance, Nebulas are gravitational clouds held together by an extraterrestrial orphic intelligence. That is so alien to human understanding, we simply do not see them in plane sight. From this perspective the question arises ' what is intelligence and does it have parametric limits?'
Orion Queen pastell 36"x22 . The Great Orion Nebula.
Are we Alone. Scientist can decipher Nebulas as innumerable particles of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma, collapsing and clumping together due to mysterious gravitational attraction into vast clouds light years across time and space, Appearing like fantastical worlds and beings . Knowing that the dung beetle uses the Milky Way for orientation and navigation, then perchance, Nebulas are gravitational clouds held together by an extraterrestrial orphic intelligence. That is so alien to human understanding, we simply do not see them in plane sight. From this perspective the question arises ' what is intelligence and does it have parametric limits?'
I’ve been thinking about extinction and what that really means
within the scope of the seemingly infinite.
When a species goes extinct nothing will ever be the same.
Something new will grow. Or not.
Whether we like it or not or perhaps, because we like it or not.
As long as we participate in the process we will never be alone.
I don't know if there is a mathematical expression for it, but I asked this question- how often do you see one of anything in nature? Nothing, it seems is the only one of its kind, (with the sad exception of the last survivors of species going extinct).
I imagine that life in the universe exists the same way life on earth exists- anywhere it can. So we are not alone, though whether we will ever talk to each other is another question.