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Collage’s Crystal Kingdom

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We commonly speak of the animal and plant kingdoms. Yet there is also a third kingdom: the mineral kingdom, the Crystal Kingdom underlying the other two kingdoms in subtle ways.

The Crystal Kingdom (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

The Crystal Kingdom (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

In the sea, the skeletons of sponges and other marine creatures often contain crystalline structures of calcium, silica, or strontium. Sea and land vertebrates owe their support and mobility to the exquisite frameworks of crystalline bones that travel within them and give flexible support to their every movement. Crystals grow naturally within animal and plant cells. And magnetic crystals permit navigation and orientation for life forms that swim, fly, or walk—including human beings.

Despite their presence in living things, the subjects of the Crystal Kingdom do not live. They do not bear offspring. Yet they grow and change, and can resurrect themselves after complete destruction, rising like alchemical phoenixes from the elements of their dissolution.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

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Tomas Karkalas July 30, 2013, 2:58 pm

I never had thought about the crystals as the mirrors of our life. Your post expanded my horizons greatly. I feel The Crystal Kingdom will be my new hero.
http://arthiker.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/the-breakthrough-via-the-ignorance-towards-oneself/

Eric Edelman July 30, 2013, 6:53 pm

Thanks very much, Tomas—I greatly appreciate your visit and your kind comment!

Sukhmandir Kaur July 30, 2013, 7:36 pm

Makes me think of the crystalline like structure of the eye with its geometrical retina photoreceptors, rods and cones.

Eric Edelman July 30, 2013, 11:07 pm

Interesting idea! Thanks very much for your thoughtful comment.

Alissa Apel July 30, 2013, 8:14 pm

I like all the crystals on her hat.

Eric Edelman July 30, 2013, 11:08 pm

Thanks very much, Alissa—Happy WW!

Gattina July 31, 2013, 2:46 am

Very special !

Eric Edelman July 31, 2013, 10:02 am

Thank you very much, Gattina!

Erika July 31, 2013, 7:08 am

Wholeheartedly agree, Eric – I love all crystalline structures (especially diamonds, LOL!)

Eric Edelman July 31, 2013, 7:14 pm

They are wonderful, Erika. And I’m sure that crystal forms served as the first inspiration for gem-cutters creating faceted gems. Thanks very much for your comment!

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