Dear Guillermo, Nicola, Alessandro, Annick, Chris, John, Ken:
As I along with many others follow this delightfully titled dialogue
-- "Mercado Central Exchange" -- regarding the problems and
promises of a hybrid art/science practice, the heartfelt nature
of your contributions convinces me at last that there is a cadre
within the scientific community which will not rest until and unless
science recognizes art as a phenomenon with which it must come
to terms, both as a subject of investigation, and also as an influence
on, and reflection of, its own practice; and it is the latter on which I
would now like to focus: how fascinating it would be to hear about
those existing works of art which have special meaning for you as
reflecting the art/science dialog; and I would like to start the parade
by listing my own favorites:
Salvator Rosa's 1650 "Democritus in Meditation"
(the theme of which is self-evident)
Rodin's 1876 "Age of Bronze"
(humanity confronting the nightmare of its evolutionary origin)
Giacometti's 1947 "Man Pointing"
(humanity standing in the face of nuclear incineration)
G. W. (Glenn) Smith
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