We are proud and excited to present a one-of-a-kind artistic tribute to one of the most influential figures in the history of science. At Stardust Science, we find Charles Darwin equally inspirational for his lifelong love of nature as for his scientific achievements. This print, beautifully hand-drawn by artist David Malan, aims to capture both facets of his character and body of work.
David Malan is creating a visual tribute, incorporating Charles Darwin's own image as well as other visual elements that represent Darwin's work. While the poster is still a work in progress and the final product will be determined by Mr. Malan's vision, many of the elements being considered are allusions to Darwin's famous voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. They include the Galapagos Islands; the Galapagos finches that illustrated adaptive evolution; Darwin's hand-drawn "family tree" of those finches; and the Beagle itself.
Stardust Science was born of one eight year-old girl's irrepressible excitement to share her love of science with the world. One evening, Bailey Harris (now twelve) was watching the television program Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with her family. In that episode, host and narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “The planets, the stars, the galaxies, we ourselves and all of life—the same star stuff.” Bailey was so excited by this idea that she immediately went to the family computer, opened a new document, and started writing what eventually became her first book.
That book, My Name is Stardust, is a beautifully illustrated picture book for young readers and pre-readers, featuring accessible science concepts. It was launched via a very successful 2016 Kickstarter campaign and was released in 2017. It has sold thousands of copies worldwide.
A second children's science book, Stardust Explores the Solar System, was funded in February through another highly successful Kickstarter. Advance copies and other rewards are projected to ship this month, and the book will be available to the public later this year.
While the project is different, the goal for this campaign remains the same: sharing a love of science, sense of wonder, and respect for evidence-based scientific discovery. Like Charles Darwin, we find beauty, excitement, and inspiration in the universe, and we believe those things are only amplified as we learn more about its inner workings.
There are many reasons we chose Charles Darwin for this project, including his scientific importance and manifest love of nature. However, we defer the question of why Darwin matters to his fellow scientists, those who have come after and stand gratefully on the giant's shoulders:
It is a sad fact that in today's cultural climate, acceptance of scientific principles is in itself a political stance, and one that is increasingly under attack. We believe Charles Darwin's work, and the example of his life, are more relevant today than ever before.
Charles Darwin's work helped shape our modern understanding of how life evolved, and continues to evolve, on our planet. However, Darwin was far more than a dispassionate researcher compiling impersonal data. A true naturalist, Darwin's observations were informed by a curiosity and sense of wonder that are inspiring and contagious even today. His response to learning more about the way the world worked was to find more beauty in the process, not less.
David Malan is an accomplished artist and illustrator working professionally for over a decade with national and international clients including The Walt Disney Company, Harper Collins, Penguin Books, Amazon, the United States Mint, The Weekly Standard and many others.
Born and raised in Utah, David's influences have long included many classical artists of the 19th century and Golden Age illustrators. His artwork is focused on depicting the individual and articulating an untold story. David's wife, Natalie, is also an accomplished professional artist: her distinctive and beautiful illustrations brought our first book, My Name is Stardust, to life! The Malans live in Salt Lake City with their four children.
Please discover more of David's work at DaveMalan.com.
Risks and challenges
The artist is very close to finishing the piece and we don't anticipate any issues with being able to print and ship the finished print in August.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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