The Art of Wonder

A Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design Dual-Degree student (BRDD, 2017), artist, writer, urbanist, and explorer of the world dedicated to finding Wondrous things. Art, design, science, literature and the connections between them. For my original artwork see

Posts tagged wonder

Jul 22

Aug 23


Thousands of Suspended Balls Create Bitmap Color Grid

 Nike Savvas’ brilliant installation Atomic: Full Of Love, Full of Wonder

I remember reading an article about this when I was in middle school. This installation struck such a cord in me at that time, and now, whenever I see a reference to it anywhere I get thoroughly excited. I think I might have begun my formal exploration of the meaning of Wonder (see my artwork on the matter) when I read about this work all of those years ago. 

Jul 26

Typewriter Series #486 by Tyler Knott Gregson


Typewriter Series #486 by Tyler Knott Gregson

Jul 19

Apr 11

Jerry’s Map

Jerry’s Map, a hand-drawn universe meticulously constructed but also organically driven by a game of chance, is wondrous.  It is an imaginary space allowed to take on a life of its own. This is full obsession, immersion, and evolution at its finest.

Watch this short film to see the method and philosophy behind this incredible work. 

Feb 26

Feb 9

Brown University Main Green post-Nemo


Brown University Main Green post-Nemo

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Sep 30

nabokov’s butterfly anatomy.



nabokov’s butterfly anatomy.


Sep 18


The brush strokes of star birth

The first picture is the Hubble Space Telescope image of the nebula Sharpless 2-106, a massive young star blasting out jets of gas

The second picture is the painting of the nebula Sharpless 2-106 by space artist Lucy West.

Sep 11


William T. Hornaday:  Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting

Here’s another spoiler for our 1st floor exhibit case: Dave brought this beautiful book from his home to go in our display among our information about William T. Hornaday.  This book, Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting, was published in 1891 during his term as Chief Taxidermist for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  

From an artistic, historical, and biological standpoint, this book is absolutely fascinating to look through!  In so many aspects was Hornaday ahead of his time in regards towards animal preparation and taxidermy, and this book discusses some techniques which we still employ in our museum today.  In many aspects of his personal life, however, Hornaday was a controversial and stubborn figure, but nevertheless passionate about wildlife and working ultimately towards its conservation.  Someday I’ll tell you all about the time he put a pygmy person from the Congo named Ota Benga on display in the National Zoo in the primates exhibit as a way to illustrate convergent evolution, but that is totally another story.  

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Sep 6


This is probably one of the most elegant things I’ve ever seen.

Aug 31

Aug 27
“… people — I mean the average person, the great majority of people, the enormous majority of people — are woefully, pitifully, absolutely ignorant of the science of the world that they live in, and they can stay that way … And an interesting question of the relation of science to modern society is just that — why is it possible for people to stay so woefully ignorant and yet reasonably happy in modern society when so much knowledge is unavailable to them?… I think we should teach them wonders and that the purpose of knowledge is to appreciate wonders even more. And that the knowledge is just to put into correct framework the wonder that nature is.” Richard Feynman on the role of scientific culture in modern society

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Aug 26


Chris Cobb - There is Nothing Wrong in this Whole World (2004), an installation of 20,000 books arranged to create a continuous spectrum

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Aug 23


Algorithmic Drawing

Did you catch Vi Hart’s ode to serendipitous mathematical doodling yesterday? If not, go watch it. Capturing that sort of spontaneity and surprising yourself with mathematics … can you think of a better way to learn?

I just love how serendipitous the internet is. As a result of that post, Norman Shapiro pointed me to his huge collection of Algorithmic Drawings here on Tumblr. Go give him a follow and check out his full collection. He hand draws all the geometric motifs, following few rules other than exploring the limits of the pattern that has come to him. It’s both whimsical and highly ordered at the same time and I can’t get enough of them.

I think it’s time to start doodling in the margins, folks. You never know what might come of it.

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