Artistic Synapses is a monthly series that shows a close relation of beauty merging Art with Science, delivering new ideas, emotions and new connections and synapses in our brain.- Míriam Martí
It would be great to constantly live in peace. The truth is, that in life, all the creatures suffer threats and need to develop mechanisms of attack and defense in order to survive, find food, avoid predators, protect from the environment, etc.
Humans may not have such “threats” as the ones suffered by the wild animals, but we also have to protect our body from possible damages, that’s why our organs are protected by skeletons and the reason why we have hair and nails. Our artificial clothes also help us to be protected from possible impacts, such as water, wind and sun.
As always, what has been built in nature, after years of evolution is probably one of the best sources of inspiration when we want to build artificial mechanisms of attack and protection. Spines, feathers, skeletons, shells… have been reproduced for us to fight and protect. All these can turn to inspiration in different fields such as architecture, medicine, technology, fashion and art.
Protection and attack not only comes from physical structures, for example, it is very interesting to observe the color of things. There are pigments – chemical structures – that give protection for example against the excess of sun or extreme salt conditions (that’s why we can enjoy the beauty of “pink lakes” in the world).
“Attack and protect” could bring us to “war” concepts but maybe it could just be the opposite. Disregarding the need of protection and attack may leave us exposed to some avoidable problems or threats. Being conscious of them would not be living in fear but just aware of what we need to live peacefully with ourselves. So this summer don’t forget your hat and sun cream! :)