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Tagging SciArt

Tagging SciArt

Pssshhht!  This blog has been tagged for Cities month on Scientific American.

Street sciart. Yeah, the science is often incorrect or out of date.  The conceptually popular and wildly incorrect ‘Ascent of Man’ iconography is popular with street artists. So much of this counter-cultural art movement in our public spaces addresses evolution over the other sciences.

Will climate change street art be far behind?

Caveman by Banksy.  Image source

Caveman by Banksy. Image source

Challenger.  Image source

Challenger. Image source

Unbelievably huge image. Click the image source to see the whole thing in its glory. The science is messed up but the image powerful.  Image source - click it!

Unbelievably huge image. Click the image source to see the whole thing in its glory. The science is messed up but the image powerful. Image source - click it!

Another one by Banksy, the metaphor about cleaning up cave paintings comes through like a splash of cold water. I love this one.  Image source

Another one by Banksy, the metaphor about cleaning up cave paintings comes through like a splash of cold water. I love this one. Image source

Some THC.  Image source.

Some THC. Image source.

Banksy again.  Image source .

Banksy again. Image source.

I remembered this photo Kristjan Wager of the blog  Pro-Science  took a couple of years back.  Image source.

I remembered this photo Kristjan Wager of the blog Pro-Science took a couple of years back. Image source.

Stephen Hawking.  Image source .

Stephen Hawking. Image source.

"Evolution in violence" - from Tehran, by A1one.  Image source.

"Evolution in violence" - from Tehran, by A1one. Image source.

Apparently this guy is somewhere in my old stomping grounds of east end Toronto.  Image source.

Apparently this guy is somewhere in my old stomping grounds of east end Toronto. Image source.

Ah, here we go:

What does it say about the science in street art that so much (but not all) of the science is outmoded and wrong, yet so clever in design and so well rendered?

This post originally appeared on Scientific American on August 17, 2011.

Alone in the blogiverse: where are all the space-art bloggers?

Alone in the blogiverse: where are all the space-art bloggers?

Tools change, view is the same

Tools change, view is the same