Humanity by Lyla Paakkanen

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Artist Statement

"I had thought about the concept of using the figure and the pose of da Vinci's Vitruvian Man against the radiation symbol, but rendered with the skeletal details inside. The da Vinci figure was originally created with the ideal human proportions in mind, an homage to a Roman architect, Vitruvius, a proponent of the Sacred Geometry of Pythagoras. The figure fits into a circle and square. The circle represented the spiritual realm and the square the material, so the composition represented both the spiritual and material realities of man, the humanities and arts and science. Today, Vitruvian man is a symbol of health and medicine. The circle is a symbol of humanitarian service and the triangle, the line that starts from the pubis, down the diagonal legs and across the base between the two legs, represents the arts. I have replaced the circle with the symbol of radiation which is a threat to that health and humanity of man, the figure showing the tenuous existence of man." - Lyla Paakkanen

Lyla Paakkanen lives in Sacramento, where the Pony Express ended its route. She is a freelance artist and illustrator, has a Master’s Degree in Art from CSUN, Communications Design from UCLA. She taught art at 5 colleges and has won many awards in California and Colorado for her work.

About Demand Zero!

Demand Zero! is a collection of designs for the movement illustrating the number zero and the demand for a future with zero nuclear weapons. Proceeds support Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.