Portable Photovoltaic Systems.

Ravens – originally bringers and stealers of the sun in great mythology – become modified to absorb sun for the people, and then discharge it regularly into power stations.

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Portable Photovoltaic Systems - by Ravenari 2011

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This is for the NATCON 50: FUTURE IMPERFECT art exhibition, from the 21-25 of April, at the Hyatt, in Perth. You should come down and check it out!

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I’m not sure where others are taking their retro-futurism, but my own brief which I proposed to the panel, was to specifically show animals in the future only really being allowed to survive if they can be augmented and used for the gain of humans. That does – sadly – sound like something we’d jump at the chance of doing.

The arrogance and narcissism of the human animal is incredibly far-reaching. I console myself with the knowledge that one day we will be extinct like any other animal, and we won’t be here to see the next evolutions, see the Earth do what the Earth does best; create spectacular new life forms before killing them off in even more spectacular ways.

And now I shall be getting onto a commission, before hopefully drafting the third and final illustration for the exhibition, which I tentatively think may involve augmented giant elephants in the logging industry. I mean; they already do destroy trees in the wild, it wouldn’t be that much of a lateral step… but we’ll see. πŸ™‚

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The Black-Maned Liontail Bird of Paradise.

While exploring for new faux birds of paradise, we were shocked and delighted to find a good, healthy specimen of a black-maned liontail bird of paradise in breeding plumage.

the black-maned liontail bird of paradise

On the rugged coastline of the Matako-Smith island, lives the rare black-maned liontail bird of paradise. The male is a strikingly coloured bird, but spends the majority of its life living in the similarly coloured stoneleaf tree, and so is frequently hard to spot, and well-camouflaged. Like all maned liontail birds of paradise, the female is drably coloured, with only a blush of red on her wings. The black-maned liontail is said to be possessed of a curse by locals, and unlike many other birds of paradise, he is not hunted for his feathers or his meat.

The maned liontails are related to the moon-sickles, but possess a unique physiological behaviour. Males grow a profuse, luscious β€˜mane’ before every breeding season. The larger the mane, the more likely he is to secure a mate. Upon doing so, he allows the female to guide him back to her nest, where she plucks every individual mane feather to line her nest. The feathers increase the warmth for offspring, and in turn, the larger the mane; the larger the chance of survival during the cold, Winter months.

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You have to tilt your heads to really get the full impact of the iridescence, but when you do!

black-maned liontail bird of paradise by Ravenari

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AVAILABLE AS A PRINT (and jigsaw puzzle, greeting cards, postcards and so on)

ORIGINAL AVAILABLE at ETSY

The Three Wolves

Gave this to my brother today (it was his 14th present), so I can finally put this up properly! πŸ™‚

Arooooooo.

The Three Wolves
Available as giclee, canvas, regular prints, as well as jigsaw puzzle, mug, postcards and fridge magnets here.

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