| Pillars of Creation -M16 Eagle Nebula is the birth of stars. Hubble Space Telescope in
1995 shows evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) emerging from pillars of molecular
hydrogen gas and dust. The giant pillars are light years in length and are so dense that
interior gas contracts gravitationally to form stars. At each pillars' end, the intense radiation
of bright young stars causes low density material to boil away, leaving stellar nurseries of
dense EGGs exposed. The Eagle Nebula, associated with the open star cluster M16, lies
about 7000 light years away.
Second in a series of 4 "Universe" Embellished Fabric Collages. Sky Lab Images gave
permission to use their photographs as the "inspiration". After completing some small
acrylic studies I chose many fabrics, guided by the Pillars image; After backing all the
fabric with Steam-A-Seam glue; I did some painting of the gaseous portions before laying
fabric on the substrate. Then more embellishing including the words embroidered, with
Glow-In-The-Dark thread. It is hard for most of us to imagine just how small earth and the
6,816,000,000 people currently on it are compared to the size of the universe.
|Detail of Pillars Of