Friday, September 23, 2011

Danforth Plant Science Center - Discover

The final of four 32x60" paintings to hang in the permanent collection of the Danforth Plant Science Center, "Discover" depicts the Greek goddess of the harvest Demeter: "She bids summon joyful torches of new discoveries come forth and scatter the shades of gloom in radiant light, and strews garlands before her," symbolizing photosynthesis and biofuels research. Her daughter Persephone, wife of Hades; “traveled down into darkness and gloom, but because all things fall back into the earth and also arise from the earth, Persephone represents the seed of Mankind that was hidden away, but also being of a bounteous mind, it is for Man’s health she sends a rich increase of various fruits from Earth," symbolizing plant research which could lead to new sources of medications for use against conditions such as chronic pain and cancer.