Here are all 8 panels together in one shot. Ron Freudenheim did the photography work. See individual entries by clicking on this link for Trajectory: Escape Velocity.
Here we are, the end. The last panel of Trajectory: Escape Velocity. Starting from the beginning of time, we have skipped and hopped, stroboscopically, from the Big Bang through early life and some key points of evolution (at least from the human perspective) to the future. Or one possible future.
In this panel, rockets are leaving earth, heading for the depths of outer space. This panel differs from the others in that it was hand dyed. As soon as it was done, I knew it would be the last panel. I never expected it would look like this. I will have a post about that issue in the future.
This picture was also taken by Ron Freudenheim.
Here’s a picture I took yesterday which shows how much warping there is. I sewed 16 gauge wire to the each edge to get that effect, among other things. Again, more on that later.
— Textile Wrangler (@artcollisions) October 18, 2015
Panel 6 brings to primates. I attempted to arrange them in some semblance of evolutionary order, although it gets tricky as a lot of them are more parallel in development, rather than linear.
In this panel, you’ll note that the animals get more numerous at the top and also a bit more rambunctious, looking almost as though they might leap off and into your hand (or perhaps onto you heard) to go exploring.
The title of this panel comes from a line in a song by Dillon Bustin. I’m not sure of the actual title of the song, but it is a song about evolution and he refers to his “grandpa in the tree” in the last stanza. I’ve always been charmed by that and was pleased to be inspired by it here.
This picture was actually taken my by someone who knows what he’s doing, so Ron Freudenheim gets the credit here.
Here I’ve created a slice of a cityscape (most likely in the United States). It is so full of people, they can’t all fit in the buildings any more. They are pushing out the tops, like little pieces of popcorn bursting forth.
The panel is called “Scorched Earth” because it hints at global warming. It’s done on red background, which is mostly obscured by the buildings, but you can see a few glimpsed between a couple of them.
(I know part VI got skipped. I’m working on it and hope to have it done in the next day or so.)