Thursday, February 10, 2011

The BIG Picture

I bought a 1,000 piece puzzle of this mural mosaic the other day.

From the back of the box:

"The Wildlife Ark" Mural Mosaic project began with an overall design sketch by Lewis Lavoie. From there 216 panels were created, marked with only some lines and color tones. Following these simple guidelines, 140 Canadian wildlife artists without knowing the final image, were free to translate the 16" x 16"  panels to any wildlife-themed painting of their choice.  The completed original paintings were then combined to form the 16 foot by 24 foot Mural Mosaic.  No computers or special effects were required. 

Somehow I get the impression that when the artist conceived this magnificent mural, he realized that those who would give it a glance would no doubt be treated to a feast for the eyes. But some would linger - and look closely enough to see each individual canvas panel for the unique work of art that it is and to realize how, when combined with numerous others, each contributes to "the big picture". For them, for those who would really appreciate his work, the artist would take great pleasure in rewarding them with a depth of understanding limited only by the amount of time they were willing to spend studying the details of his creation. 

And it occurred to me .... that this reminds me of Someone Else I Know.

  The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 
2 Day after day they pour forth speech; 
   night after night they reveal knowledge. 
3 They have no speech, they use no words; 
   no sound is heard from them. 
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, 
   their words to the ends of the world. 
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 
 5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, 
   like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 
6 It rises at one end of the heavens 
   and makes its circuit to the other; 
   nothing is deprived of its warmth.

For a closer look at - and better understanding of  the big picture above click here:   And for a closer look at - and better understanding of the Really BIG Picture, go for a walk in the woods - or stand at the edge of the ocean - or look up and into the night sky - or treat yourself to a boquet of flowers ... and study the details.


Mug said...

A beautiful and thoughtful post, MyStory. I never quite know what I will find when i visit your blog...and I am never disappointed:)

Hmmm...It has been a while since we have had a puzzle laid out on our table. I think it's about that time again:)

Mug said...

O.K. MyStory, I have tagged you to list 5 things you can't leave home without. You certainly do not have to do this, but, if you do, please choose 2 more people to tag with this task once you make your list :)

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Mug. Thanks. I chuckle when you say, "I never quite know what I will find..." I guess my blog is, in a sense, a mosaic of sorts too. Wish you could come over for a cuppa coffee (like the ones below - if I ever learn how to do that!) & we could sit, chat & work this new puzzle out :) 1000 pieces....what was I thinking?!

5 things, huh....I'm heading to my book group shortly but will try to get to this list tomorrow. You're a tough act to follow w/ all those clever visual aids ;)