Zimmer hadn’t read Dune, or seen Schoenherr’s unforgettable illustrations of sandworms. He was stunned by the realism of the artist’s imagination. “He was trying to make real landscape art,” Zimmer explains, informed by his studies of geology and the natural world. “He would try to paint some alien sandworm or Chewbacca-like monster as carefully as Dürer might have drawn a rabbit.”
That attention to detail made Zimmer look at life on Earth differently. “I started to realize that actually living things on Earth are aliens in a way,” an idea that’s the backbone of Zimmer’s own work. “I love writing about bizarre biology here on Earth because there’s no end of it. I started to appreciate that sitting in his studio and looking at these things he was painting.”
(Originally aired: January 24, 2014)
→ Is there a painting, song, movie, or another work of art that has changed your life? Tell us in a comment below, or by email.
Move Ghost TooArtist: Ryan Ross SmithAlbum: Lost Causes – Music for Film Vol. 1
UNHMLArtist: Ryan Ross SmithAlbum: UNHML
Cat CardsArtist: Power PlayerAlbum: Fat Belly Had a Bull