I’m an evolution fan, and this is one of my Axis of Evo projects I started a few years ago to increase public acceptance of evolution. The idea for this project is to generate life-sized Darwins for geeky parties, science museums, and classrooms. If set up in a nice area, a portable Charles would provide for thousands of irresistible photo ops, and then people would share the images on Facebook, Instagram, Vine, etc., gradually exposing their circle of friends to Darwin in a fun, non-threatening way.
So Carl Buell, illustrator extraordinaire, painted a Charles Darwin for me in 2009. And he kindly lets me share the digital image (a massive Photoshop file) to nonprofits and individuals who put the portable Darwin to good use. I’d estimate that there are now 40 life-sized Darwins on the planet. Contact me if you’d like to synthesize him. All I ask is that you (1) post, online, at least one high-quality photograph that is in some way funny, dramatic, or alluring, (2) link to this page so that others can find it, and (3) credit Carl Buell as the artist.
My long-term goal for the project is to encourage the use of Charles Darwin as a face for the scientific process. Currently, when the media needs an icon for science, the go-to image is Einstein. I know my goal is laughably futile, but I think Darwin’s curiosity and accomplishments would be a great symbol for teaching elementary school kids about rational inquiry.
If you don’t want a Darwin at this time, I’d still appreciate any sharing you can do on Facebook and Twitter.
ⓒ Colin Purrington 2004-2013