I can’t really tell if Mike Rugnetta likes snow globes or not. But he made a video all about them. (He’s part of the Idea Channel at PBS Digital Studios.)
You decide for yourself.
There are people who say they see angels everywhere, those who say it’s not possible, and those who aren’t quite sure. Sometimes I am reminded of angels in subtle ways: a quick smile, a gentle gesture, a passing sparkle in the distance. I smile to myself and think, “was that an angel?”
In this snow globe, the tree itself is made of angel wings of different sizes and metals. A winter-dressed couple strolls peacefully, enjoying a quiet moment together. A father and child hurry home, excited to share warmth and surprises. A winged figure in a moment of solitude reflects upon the tree itself.
When shaken, you might (or might not) see a whisper of an angel: the silhouette of a winged beauty, so transparent it can only be glimpsed when the light captures the perfect angle. For just a moment, a flash, it is there, and gone again.
And I realized that is how most of us see angels, not by viewing them directly, but when we are caught in the reflected light.
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When this globe is shaken and catches the light, you see an abundance of sparkling color, shimmering, swirling, floating, dancing and flying with abandon.
If you are lucky and don’t blink, you might even catch a glimpse of an angel.
In so many endeavors, humans try to emulate other creatures and end up standing out … well, like an opposable thumb. We want to soar in the skies so we create vibrant colored hot air balloons. It’s a pretty cool experience, but hardly mimics a bird.
It occurs to me that there are a few activities we humans attempt, visiting someone else’s environment, that DO begin to emulate the creatures who live there. When I started working on a scuba diver water globe I had a hard time making the diver clearly stand out from the landscape, the underwater plants, the coppery coral, the tentacles nearby. And without any change on my part the problem became the solution: it was exactly what I had experienced underwater, the feeling of moving like a fish, of the wetsuit color blending in like a dolphin, experiencing how the movement of the water shaped the way I responded.
I decided I liked the idea that the scuba diver was nearly indistinguishable from the other parts of the seascape.
We know that many swimming creatures, both mammals and fish, survive by camouflage. They either look like something else, or they try to blend in to the surroundings.
So this snow globe, errrrr, water globe, (sorry, just canNOT say “snow” to an underwater scene — when shaken, the softest whisper of sand swirls in the water), became a brain teaser of sorts. If I didn’t tell you what it depicted, would you guess? Would you see the “one of these things” that doesn’t quite belong?
Here’s the finished liquid-filled globe, and the last photo … you’ll see the diver was there all along, not hiding, just happily blending in with all the scenery.
What we believe can be the elusive butterfly for which we reach. The unexpected beauty that flutters among us, teasing us with its promise. We hold out our hands and hold our breath, waiting and hoping the truth will touch us.
I close my eyes and wish for things I’ve never seen; I believe in things I’ve only dreamed.
With a whisper and a shake, this snow globe is bathed in a shimmering light. So close and so nearly out of reach; and nothing we can say or do will change what will happen next.
Ask yourself: do you believe?
Well, it was surprising to me at least, because I thought I’d love my tiny airships, the Jules Verne-like “Under the Sea” submarine and octopus, the visual puns, such as “Too Big for his Bridges.”
But Attraction had the sweetest, most perfect sense of longing, of the undeniable pull in a new direction. The curving copper wire reminds me of tall grass and winds on the Kansas prairie, bending everything towards one point.
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