The imagination of mankind knows no limit. What we can actually achieve does have limits even though those boundaries are pushed back further all the time. These pictures represent the whimsical pursuits of imagination and our inner desire to be bigger, higher, and stronger than others around us. Reaching upward to the sky, even in play empowers us.
Whether it is a hot air balloon ride with Mr. Peanut or a ferris wheel at a small carnival, we get a thrill when moving away from the force of gravity.
The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario has this giant spider on display in its plaza. Maman, is a 9.27 metre (30-foot) gargantuan bronze spider created by Louise Bourgeois. She carries a sac of 20 pure white marble eggs under her belly. "Spiders, with their ability to fabricate complex and calculated webs, serve as a natural metaphor for creativity. This artist intended this sculpture to be an ode to the artist’s mother, who was a restorer of tapestries." (source)
Our efforts to reach for the skies continue to be inspired by nature, the birds, the sun, the moon and stars. Who cannot help but admire the crescent moon and Venus on a clear, cold night? So simple, so beautiful, so beyond our reach...but we can imagine.
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