Media: Mixed Media/Assemblage
Image Size: 24 x 12 x 6
Framed Size: 24"h x 12"w x 6"d
Weight: 3.88 lbs Frame Info: No frame
Description: The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, "hanging in the void", shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this "pale blue dot" becomes both obvious and imperative. Additional elements such as the astronaut figure, the girl and the polar bear are primary elements of the story.