God Trip

From micro atomic to macro galactic.

Spring 2022

 

Seeing the infinite micro and the infinite macro from the lens of Islam. There are many ways to “trip out”. One method for Muslims to take a cosmic trip is through intense meditation and prayer. This series examines the mathematical relationship between the micro and the macro. We dive deep into numbers, shapes, and patterns.

 

Artists

KM, in collaboration with Lannie Le




Date created

March 27, 2022
 

Limited Edition

25 of each size


Dimensions

18″ x 18” and 36″ x 36”
 

Medium

Archival Giclée print on Canson Infinity Aquarelle 310gsm



 


 

 


Border pattern

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Bi-smi llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm


Border pattern Translation

In the name of God,
The Most Gracious,
The Most Merciful.


 


 

 

Adam Atomic

 

The foundation of life: water molecules are made up of H20; two hydrogen atoms (H), bonded to one oxygen (O) atom.

 


“Water as God’s blessing. Water as miracle. Water creating oases. Water as reward. Water as the instrument of ritual cleansings. Water as the condition of happiness. Water as heaven.”

— Gary Wills, What the Qur’an Mean

 
“Adam (Arabic: آدم, Adam) is believed to have been the first human being on Earth and the first prophet (Arabic: نبي, nabī) of Islam.[1] Adam’s role as the father of the human race is looked upon by Muslims with reverence. Muslims also refer to his wife, Hawā (Arabic: حواء, Eve), as the ‘mother of mankind’.”[2]

— 1. Lalljee, compiled by Yousuf N, Know Your Islam
— 2. Wheeler, Historical Dictionary of Prophets in Islam and Judaism, Adam and Eve

 


Lines

Gold: Oxygen electrons
Turquoise: Hydrogen electrons
Red & White: Atomic Nucleus
Red: Protons
White: Neutrons


Background Pattern

Lines based on patterns found in Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan (1646)


 


 

 

Fibonacci’s Storm

 

We zoom out of the molecular and witness the infinite spiral patterns in our universe. We see such patterns in the tiny from sea shells to flowers. Continuing to zoom out of the tiny and into the infite, we see spiral storms and spiral in galaxies.

 


 

“…Spirals and helices are found throughout the natural world, in many forms, at every scale of existence: in spider-webs, galaxies and particle track, in animal horns, sea-shells, plant structures, and DNA. It is clearly one of nature’s favorite patterns. Logarithmic (or growth) spirals are the most intriguing and complex of all, particularly the ‘golden’ spiral that is associated with the Fibonacci series. Logarithmic spirals in general have the property of self-similarity, i.e., of looking the same at every scale.”

— David Wade, Symmetry The Ordering Principle

 

Background Pattern

Lines based on patterns found in The Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain (1302)


Lines

Gold: Fibonacci Golden Ratio
White: Infinite Spiral


Photo

Low off Iceland, Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC


 


 

 

Lunar Prime 27

 

We leave our little blue planet and touchdown on our closest neighbouring heaven, our pale Moon. The radius of the Moon (1,737.4 km) to Earth (6,371 km) is 27.27%. 3/11 (both primaries) is also 27.27%. The moon orbits Earth every 27.3 days. This artist’s DOB happens to be 27-03.

 


 

“If you draw down the Moon to the Earth, then the circle through the center of the heavenly Moon will have a circumference [almost] equal to the perimeter of a square enclosing the Earth.”

— John Martineau, A Little Book Of Coincidences In The Solar System

 

“Islam emerged in Arabia where travel along the desert trade routes was largely by night, and navigation depended upon the position of the moon and stars. The moon thus represents the guidance of God on the path through life. The new moon also represents the Muslim calendar, which has 12 months each of 29 or 30 days. So in Islam the lunar month and the calendar month coincide, and the new moon is eagerly awaited, especially at the end of the month of Ramadan when its sighting means that the celebrations of ‘Id al-Fitr can begin.”

— Linda and Phil Holmes, Cottingham, N Humberside.

 

Moons

Starting top, moving clockwise: Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, Waning Crescent, New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous. The Moon orbits 13 times per calendar year.

Background Pattern

Lines based on the eighth phases of the moon orbiting Earth. The moons can be seen as eight light-sand squares.


Lines

Gold: Fibonacci Golden Ratio
White: Infinite Spiral


Photos

Earth: The Blue Marble, NASA/Apollo 17 crew, Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans, Wikipedia.
Moon: Gregory H. Rivera, Wikipedia/creative commons


 


 

 

Dynamic Duo

 

Travelling from Earth towards the Sun, we arrive at Mercury, the closest planet to our star. The radius of Mercury is 2,439.7 km, and Earth’s is 6,371 km. We see the same ratio in their average orbital distances from the sun, Earth at 149.6M km and Mercury at 108.2M km.

 


 

Tiny planets in formation

The orbital distances of Mercury (108.2M km average) and Earth (149.6M km average) to the Sun can also be drawn as perfect pentagrams and octograms. We see Earth represented in different views, starting from the top moving clockwise: North Pole, Eastern Hemisphere, South Pole, Western Hemisphere

Background Pattern

Lines based on patterns found in The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia (AD 670)


Lines

White: Mercury superimposed on Earth, a perfect pentagon drawn inside of Mercury, the sides extending to a perfect pentagram, each point touching the edge of earth.
Red: Mercury superimposed on Earth, a perfect octagon drawn outside of Mercury, the sides extending to a perfect octagram, each point touching the edge of earth.


Photos

Earth: The Blue Marble, NASA/Apollo 17 crew, Harrison Schmitt or Ron Evans, Wikipedia.
Mercury: The colourful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the colour base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission.


 


 

 

Super Solar

 


 

“The solar circle usually remains unchanged, symbolizing the Absolute, the source of light, warmth and fertility. In its apparently circular movement around the earth, the sun’s path or ecliptic is divided into the twelve houses of the zodiac, which has its origins in ancient times. The practitioner of Islamic geometry is aware of the sun and moon, both as the two primary regulators sustaining biological life and as symbols of eternity and revolving cycles. As such, the ‘sun circle’ is identified as the parent shape for all figures, with the ‘moon crescent representing the division of the circle and analytical stages for enabling the construction of an infinite variety of patterns.

In his book Time Stands Still, Keith Critchlow discusses the concept and meaning of the word ‘origin’ related to the sun and moon: “Similarly the word ‘origin’ is grounded in the early word oriri, to rise as the Sun, hence the link with the east, or orient, and orientation: the direction of the new-born light. ‘Lucid’ (clear, accurate). ‘luminous’ and ‘lunar’ come from the same source…”

— Thames & Hudson, Arts & Crafts of the Islamic Lands

 

Little Earths

The four Earths represent both the four seasons as well as the equinoxes and solstices. From the top going clockwise:
Spring Equinox (March 20), Summer Solstice (June 21), Autumn Equinox (September 22), and Winter Solstice (Dec 21). Earth’s 23.44° axial tilt can be seen more clearly at the two Solstices.

Lines

White and red: Waves represent different latitudes at 10° differences. Lines above horizontal gold line represent more daylight, while below represent less daylight. Latitude lines meet at equinoxes. Starting at the left edge of the Sun represents March 21st, center represents September 22, and the right edge, March 21st again, going through one full calendar year. The first set of extremes represents June 21, where the highest curve is 60° latitude, seeing 18 hours of daylight and the lowest curve is -60° latitude experiencing 5.3 hours of sunlight. The second extreme represents Dec 21st where 60° latittitude is now at its lowest, experiencing 6.6 hours of sunlight, and -60° latitude at its highest experiencing 19.5 hours of daylight. Because of Earth’s slight tilt, the wave curves are not identical.
Gold and blue: represent the 12 months of the year.


Background Pattern

Lines based on patterns found in The Great Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan (1200 AD).
Twelve points around the dodecagram represent the twelve months of the year. In the center, a circle represents the Sun.


Photo

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory


 


 

 


Intergalactic Travel

 

You, and our solar system, have travelled approximately 138,000 km in the last 10 minutes, and about 828,000 km in the last hour. We move fast as little earthlings, going from one doing to another. It is through meditation and prayer that we find stillness. It is through stillness in breath, mind, and spirit that we connect to the infinity of our universe.

 


 

“Two thirds of all stars in the night sky with names have Arabic names. An homage to their ‘stellar’ navigational skills 1000 years ago, during the Golden Age of Islam.”

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

 

“The study of astronomy has a rich history within the Islamic tradition, particularly within the so-called ‘Islamic Golden Age’ from the 10th to the 12th century through figures such as Al-Khwarizmi, Al-Farghani, Ibn Al Haytham and Nasir al-Din al-Tulsi to name a few.”

— Faizal Nazir, Space and Islam: What You Didn’t Know”

 

“(God) is the One who has set out for you the stars, that you may guide yourselves by them through the darkness of the land and of the sea. We have detailed the signs for people who know.”

— Quran 6:97

 

Orbital Speeds

Moon around Earth: 1.022 km/sec
Earth around Sun: 29.78 km/sec
Sun around the Milky Way: 230 km/sec
 

Lines

Dashed gold lines: Location of of our Sun and solar system in our galaxy, the Milky Way.
Dashed white lines: Earth’s one full orbit around the sun. Moon’s 13 orbits around Earth.
Gold line: Sun moving through space, orbiting Sagittarius A*, Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.


Background Pattern

Lines based on patterns found on the ceilings in Abdullah Khan Madrasah, Bukhara (1598 AD)


Photos

Milky Way: A Roadmap to the Milky Way, Artist Concept, NASA
Sun: NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory