Last Sunday, the fam and I took a sunny day trip to Oracle, Arizona – home of Biosphere 2.
Biosphere 2 was popular in the early 1990’s for it’s attempt to create a self-contained artificial environment. Some say that both human missions were complete failures, and others argue that a wealth of valuable information was learned in spite of the disappointing outcomes. Since then, Biosphere 2 has changed hands a few times and been home to various types of atmospheric and water based research.
During the guided tour we ventured through the tropics, rain forest, wetlands, savanna, desert, and even peeked at the 1 million gallon ocean. Everything was temperature controlled and carefully monitored in enclosed glass.
As beautiful and intriguing as each biome within Biosphere 2 was, I could not help but make one giant observation:
This is NOT nature!
An artificial enclosed space can’t even begin to recreate the wealth and beauty we call Mother Earth! Biosphere’s plants and trees are surviving but certainly not thriving in the immense glass prison. I fought the urge to run outside and gulp up the fresh air!
I’ve pondered this fun and surreal trip for a couple of days now, and it’s lead me to a shocking conclusion: My art is like those poor plants trapped under a glass sheet. For too long I’ve been turning my focus inward and forgetting that there is so much more. It’s time to set my work free!
I am going to start today by literally giving my prints away for FREE! To everyone! It’s a giveaway where everyone wins!
***Set Art Free Giveaway***
The prize: Any mini print 4″ x 5″ from my Etsy Shop mailed directly to you with love -absolutely free!
How to enter: Do any of the following to qualify for your free mini print.
- Keep in touch with me by signing up for my email newsletter here.
- Follow me on twitter (@gmhief) and spread the word by posting this tweet to your time line:
Set Art Free! How science influenced a young artist to share the love. A giveaway where everyone wins http://tinyurl.com/3qenn72 @gmhief
- Write a short blog about my work and link it back to my website.
And of course: Post a comment below letting me know how you entered and which print from my shop you love the most. Please include your email address so that I may contact you with the details for receiving your mini print.
Deadline: Sunday, April 10th
That’s it for today! Thanks to all for the overwhelming support these past months, and I look forward to repaying the favor.
(Biosphere 2 images photographed by Tim Hief)