Life creates conditions conducive to life

Spirals abound in nature. They are seen in galaxies, weather patterns, sunflowers, fiddle head ferns, pinecones, snail shells, and even in the shape of DNA – to name a few.

Spirals embody a creative life force. There is movement and evolution, yet everything is contained in its’ own system. Within this spiral I have repeated the patterns found in the forest; soil, seeds, wood, fungi, leaves, decomposition, and the repeated cycle over and over gaining in complexity. Towards the end of this spiral there is a magnolia pod, hydrangea flower, bird’s nest, feather, and then back to leaves and soil.  There is no waste in nature’s system. Energy and matter are reused in a closed loop system, which is a powerful example of life creating conditions conducive to life.  

I took a picture of this sculpture and then used an app to overlay and merge it with a picture of a spiral galaxy. It makes it look like it is woven with stardust, which is also in all of us. This reminds us that we are connected to these spirals and regenerative systems. By enhancing the natural design with a technological process, it speaks to the human potential to evolve to not only survive, but thrive.

Created for Life’s Principles Class in Arizona State University’s Biomimicry Program

Touching Shame

shame plant

I was out for a walk in the thin swath of wild borderlands between my suburban neighborhood and the high school and I met this plant which I had not seen before. I pulled out my phone and opened up the Picture This plant identifier app and was surprised to see that it* is called a Shame Plant. It is a species of sensitive plants and its’ botanical name is Mimosa pudica.

It was given this name because when you touch the tip of the fern-like leaves, they curl inwards.

During my walk, I was listening to I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown, and right there in front of me was nature reinforcing what she was talking about — the way the shame plant recoils when it is touched, is how many white people respond to uncomfortable conversations about race in our country. Read More