Cats, World War I, and Quantum Physics.
Tree In No Man's Land. The author of the poem "Trees" would was killed by a sniper and buried in France. Trees By Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, ...
The most commonly used gas in WWI was ‘mustard gas’]. In pure liquid form this is colorless, but in WWI impure forms were used, which had a mustard color with an odor reminiscent of garlic or horseradish. An irritant and a strong vesicant (blister-forming agent), it causes chemical burns on contact,...
Mustard Gas / Damaged Face. The soldiers who sat on those benches in the years during and after World War I had suffered facial wounds on the Western Front that had never been seen before in warfare. Hailstorms of bullets, exploding metal shells and shrapnel tore off the flesh and ripped off the fac...
Gueules cassées (broken faces) is a French expression for facially disfigured servicemen that originated in World War I. In a time before transplants, the task of repairing these broken faces was largely left to masks. The person who made the best masks was a sculptor named Anna Coleman Ladd. Alon...
Shortly before Christmas 1914 French, British, and German soldiers near the remains of an old windmill put down their rifles and came out of their trenches, and in no- man's- land against their officers orders, held an impromptu truce. In an act of defiance the soldiers ignored their officers orders...
Dashiell Hammett at the Western Front of World War I. Hammett enlisted in 1918. He was afflicted during that time with the Spanish flu and later contracted tuberculosis.
The Poet Apollinaire in military uniform and head bandage convalescing in a military hospital. He would soon write The Poet Assassinated and not long after die from his war injuries
Cat playing violin. During the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, Felix the cat went back and forth between Allied and German troops, carrying friendly messages tucked in his collar. A French general decided not to take chances and had the cat shot for treason.
Germans stepped things up with the Super Zeppelins, but Britain had found the Zeppelin's Achilles heel - explosive bullets which could set the hydrogen alight. This would prove to be the Zeppelin's undoing.
Cat Sleeping by a Box. In this work I refered to another work I did, an interior illustration for the book Dawnward Spire, Lonely Hill. The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. That book and the illustration can be seen in the Illustration page in this website.
Cat, Brain, and the Mona Lisa. ( “And yet the artist had understood exactly what was on my mind, by putting on the cover a drawing of the brain and the Mona Lisa, one on top of the other.“ - J. Bronowski talking about the cover of his book- The Identity of Man )
For this series I did over 133 works. From those works I edited down the series to this tentative form. This is a work in progress. The vet were we took out cat was switching to digital records and asked if we knew anybody who wanted their old x-rays. I said yes and the result is this series which I'm still fine tuning. All the works in this series are done directly on X- Rays of Cats. None of the pieces in this series are more that approximately 12" x 10." The size of the work is about the size of a page in an oversize book. A few of the works are smaller. All the works in this series can be viewed in normal conditions without the use of a light table or any other special light source. The only requirement is that there be a white surface or paper under them so that the images will stand out.
One aspect of World War I (1914 - 1918 ) concerns Cats. An estimated 500,000 cats were sent to the trenches in World War I to help rid the trenches of mice and rats. Those cats sometimes became important unit mascots and treasured companions.
The physicists Erwin Schrodinger the founder of quantum physics served in the military during World War I. Later in his life he used his imaginative mind to explain the behavior of subatomic particles by imagining their behavior in the macro world with a cat in a box that is... both alive and dead at the same time. This became the well known "The Cat In The Box Thought Experiment."
World War I is also known as The Great War, or The War To End All Wars
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