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"To the makers of music – all worlds, all times" –Timothy Ferris
(Quote inscribed on the Voyager Record)
Here is a new illustration piece! Finally, after many many months of work I can release it. This illustration is my attempt to pay tribute to the astronomer, astrophysicist, and writer Carl Sagan. He was one of my childhood hero’s and someone who has been a big inspiration to me. Carl, his many books and the original Cosmos TV show started my interest in science growing up. To anyone who isn’t familiar with Carl’s work, he worked closely with NASA on many probe missions, in particular the Pioneer and Voyager missions back in the 1970’s. He is best known for his scientific research on extraterrestrial life as well as his support of the SETI program. Sagan and his team helped assemble the first physical messages sent to space, the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Records. These messages were designed so that they could be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them. Additionally Sagan wrote many books on both science and fiction. His most popular books were Pale Blue Dot and Contact, which was later adapted to film of the same name.
For this piece, I wanted to combine multiple symbolism's and metaphor's on Carl and his work. I figured what would be best than to tie in his passion for intelligent life and his work on the Voyager Record. To date the Voyager 1 probe and golden record is currently on the outer edge of our solar system. The record contains greetings from 55 different languages, an array of natural sounds from earth, and a great selection of music throughout history. The probe and record is the furthest man made objects; it is our first real baby steps to really explore the universe.
There is a great love story behind the golden record that I highly recommend. You can listen to a great podcast interview with Carl Sagan’s wife Ann Druyan (who also worked on the Voyager missions) at the following links:
Additional info on the Voyager Missions and Record, can be found here:
Golden record playlists can be found here:
Hope you like, please let me know what you think. In the coming weeks I'll be launching the store with a limited print run of prints of this piece if anyone is interested. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Carl.
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan