The Intricacy of Natural Art (Part 3)

Continuation of The Intricacy of Natural Art part 2

See the plants that grow at its base, thin green stems opening out into varying colors. Isn’t that far more amazing than any artistry created by humankind?

Most inventions have come from the intricacy of natural art. Take birds for example. Had humankind never seen a bird, would we have come up with the idea of flight? In 1935 Percy Shaw designed the reflectors that are used on roads to mark margin and lane dividers. He actually did this after studying the tapetum lucidum, the reflector cells in cat’s eyes.

The Eastgate Complex in Harare, Zimbabwe was designed by the engineers of Arup, led by Mick Pearce. The inspiration for this complex comes from termite mounds. Termites require a temperature of 86 degrees throughout the day, even when the temperature during the night can reach as low as 34 degrees and a staggering 104 degrees by day.

Velcro was invented back in 1940 by a Swiss engineer named, George De Mestral. He came up with the idea after trying to remove seed pods from the fur of his dog. How about a super-adhesive material inspired by geckoes or a self-healing sticky gel inspired  by mussels, perpetually sharp tools inspired by sea urchin spines or more efficient wind farms inspired by schools of fish?

Michael Phelps owes a debt of gratitude to sharks. The Olympic athlete swam to his record eight, gold medals at Beijing Olympics wearing a revolutionary, new swimsuit based on a study of sharkskin.

We are only here but for the wonder of the world about us, able to live because of the incredibly diversity and intricacy of natural art. Everything we have ever done, ever learned, ever loved, ever created, ever been inspired by has come from this one amazing ball of natural art.

And we are only here by the grace of God.

Have a great day

Gavin

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