Ana's Thought: "Art Quenches the thirst for knowledge of the unknown."
On 6 August, the latest blossom in the worldwide Love & Peace Campaign will be unveiled, making its debut at Singapore's ArtScience Museum.
This remarkable institution explores the many intersections of two
realms often viewed as utter opposites. As history proves, such could
not be further from the truth!
For centuries, scientific progress has strengthened artistic
technique, just as art has enabled science to speak beyond tangles of
data. When science and art converge, the results are illuminating. Their
dance of discovery, with interweaving steps of trial, error, and
success, brings enlightenment to the world's culture.
Those who doubt the connected nature of science and art need not look
further than the fantastic work of Leonardo da Vinci. A man whose
curiosity with the ways of the universe saw no limits, da Vinci poured
his heart into both fields completely. His thirst for learning was
beyond compare, with countless paintings, sketches, designs, inventions,
and compositions in his legacy. Da Vinci's inquisitive mind and
incredible skill made him a master of his day and a legend to all time.
Equal parts scientist and artist, his passion defied the limitations of
The name Galileo is emblazoned in history's shining halls, a guiding
light in the pursuit of wisdom. He was famed for revelations in
astronomy, mathematics, and physics, a noble scholar who stood with firm
conviction beside his beliefs. Though he is held in a place of
reverence for his role in the growth of science, art was a notable
player in his story: Galileo was a student of fine art, eventually
coming to serve as an instructor at Florence's famed Accademia delle
Arti del Disegno. His studies of the moon were a point of inspiration
for the painter Cigoli, who became a close friend. Galileo's
appreciation of both aesthetics and logic capture art and science in
harmonious balance, not at odds.
Our modern era is brought to life by sparks of genius born of the
marriage of science and art. My own work could never reach across the
vastness of the globe without both working in tandem. Technology is what
allows my Love & Peace poppies to show their bright faces to the
world. Technical skill and careful craft transformed them from scale
models in clay to immense flowers in glistening fiberglass and bronze.
Science is the secret to what strengthens them before nature's elements
and lets them shine. It is the force that allows the sculptures' message
to be shared, as images of their joyous forms are instantly transmitted
across borders and into welcoming hearts.
When science and art collide, a sea of possibilities opens before us. To
uncover such wonders, you must become a creative adventurer. Be
dedicated and curious. Let your imagination be your compass and,
courage, your constant companion!