Happy Earth Day from Articulate
April has finally arrived, and we’re welcoming the warmer months by celebrating Mother Nature! From the earliest cave paintings to contemporary sculptures, nature has always played a central role in shaping our cultures. And, with Earth Day quickly approaching (Sunday, April 22nd), it feels appropriate to pay tribute to our planet and the work it's influenced.
Speaking of art in the wild, we recently wrapped up our #LifeMeetsArt contest. Check out the winning submission at the bottom of the email. It might just prompt you to get outside yourself!
ROBERT JANZ'S IMPERMANENT ART
This visual artist uses water, sticks, and washable paints to mimic the fleeting nature of life.
LEAVES TURNED TO GREEN
With help from botanist and illustrator Joseph Breintnall, Ben Franklin used nature to prevent forgery.
OTHER STUFF WE'RE INTO
In an ongoing effort to "stop and smell the roses" this month, the Articulate staff is consuming all things Earth-related. We’re re-reading Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, where that cute orange fluff reminds us, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." We’re pining over Orly Faya’s transformative body paintings (which she discussed in an Articulate Q&A this past September). We’re also jamming out to this nature-praising playlist (best enjoyed outdoors, of course). Finally, let’s take a step outside the cultural realm so we can recommend this Aeon article on how lunar phases affect animal behaviors.
Until Next Time
Congratulations to our #LifeMeetsArt contest winner, Elden A. from Howell, NJ, whose beautiful photo (above) earned him a brand new Canon Rebel T5i camera. You can see more of our favorite submissions here!
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