Oliver Herwig | Axel Thallemer


Unity of Art and Science

336 pages
21,3 x 25 cm, 300 colour illustrations. Hardback / book object. With inflatable air-bag as slip-case.
English / German

 49,80 incl. VAT

ISBN 978-3-89790-214-5 Category:


What is air? You don’t think about air or even perceive it unless it has changed from its usual state. Air, that most ubiquitous of the four elements, was long the most inexplicable enigma, peopled by gods and their messengers, venerated as the abode of spirits or demons. Nowadays air has been ‘deconsecrated’ and almost entirely demystified by science. Its availability is crucial; it envelops us and our planet – allows us to breathe and is anything but something to be taken for granted.

Humanity has always been preoccupied with air as a medium, also in the artistic sense. During the 20th century the approach to this theme was deepened in so far as air was not merely represented in visual terms, but was deliberately used by architects, designers and artists as a material. This book tries to unite culture, art and science. From an anthropocentric perspective, this work examines the topic across a broad range of sciences and disciplines, from antiquity to today.

AIR | LUFT as well as WATER | WASSER have already been published in the “Four Elements” series. The two companion volumes on FIRE and EARTH will appear in casual sequence.


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