The Wow! Signal

The Wow! Signal by Patrick Samuel
Oil pastels and acrylics on off-white paper
23x30xm approx
Original available
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On August 15th, 1977 Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope in the United States received a strong narrow-band radio signal while searching for extraterrestrial intelligence. The signal appeared to come from the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin, and for almost 4 decades it has been one of the strongest signs for life ‘out there’. It remains a mystery.

This painting was my attempt at visualizing the answer to that mystery. What would alien life look like to us? Would we perceive it as we are, or as it is?