A Lesson in Pseudoscience was the second design submitted by Alison Little for Bea in the City, the mass public art trail for Manchester, summer 2018.
A lesson in Pseudoscience looks to present an image of a physics-based lecture where the science behind the flight of the bumblebee is explored. We look at concepts presented by famous entomologist August Magnan who determined that through the laws of fight the Bumble Bee simply couldn’t fly. We introduce concepts of formula to work on the potential wingspan, angles and wing texture. Examples of helicopter propellers and small tornadoes are illustrated in reference to the physics-defying flight part of this great insect. The base contains the final statement from the Bee itself ‘I can fly’ showing he is clearly about to perform the action of flight.
Last week, Liverpool based artist Nigel Leslie talked us through how he had been selected as 1 of 100 important artists to decorate an old £5 note for a charity auction. Names already signed up include the Chapman Brothers, Gilbert and George, Gavin Turk, Liverpool’s iconic Peter Blake in addition to Cyrano Denn aka Danny Crone also based in the region. ‘Fivers for Artistic’ is a bright new charity set up to help mentor new young artists to overcome barriers and become self-sustaining within the art world.
Finally, we get to see the original creation: The artwork by me is called ‘Feline – Male’ (2016). Mixed media. The original painting was reduced from a photograph and transferred onto the old £5 note.
All that’s left to do is sign the new creation and wait and see how much it raises at Auction.