Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Ti22 -- recarved image

recarved for a sharper image

Titanium, atomic number 22, is light, strong, lustrous and resistant to corrosion, even in sea water. It is a silvery-white metal and can be alloyed with iron, aluminium, vanadium and other elements to produce many lightweight alloys. It is used in everything from spacecraft to dental implants, and because it can burn in both air and nitrogen, it makes great fireworks.

Titanium was discovered in England in1791 and was named for the Titans of Greek mythology. I took my inspiration from the Titan allusion and have displayed the most famous Titan, Prometheus, who brought fire to mankind, against the wishes of an angry Zeus.

Here is Prometheus with a high-tech, titanium robotic arm, holding aloft a burst of fireworks. As serendipity would have it, fireworks can look remarkably like a spray of fennel blossoms, the seed of which Prometheus hid fire in to sneak it past the Gods.

No good deed goes unpunished, but that’s another story.


annie f. said...

Ellen, I just adore your art and the way your mind works! What a grand addition to the Periodic Table Project...

Annie Fitt

Annie B said...

Nice print. I especially like the way you incorporated the 22 and the Ti into the border. And thanks for the story; I love the serendipity of the fennel blossoms.

gknee said...

Perfect! I love the colorway; it really brought out the detail! And, I love your explanation!


Ellen Shipley said...

Thanx guys. 8-] When I looked at a fennel sprig after I'd already settled on the fireworks image, I laughed out loud. I love it when the art and nature come together.