This month, the wallpaper was inspired by the astrological signs Leo
, Julius Caesar
, Mark Rothko
, and James Turrell
The main idea behind this is based in the opposing zodiac signs of Cancer and Leo — Water & Fire (which Cancer and Leo are associated with respectively); Blue & Red. As a detail (albeit, a large one), the scenery was chosen specifically to convey the contrast between water and desert in supplement to the other contrasting elements. Cancer is associated with change, specifically change in season. This is implied by the juxtaposition of two skies with the sun in between. Leo is a persistent, stubborn personality, implied with the inclusion of blocky elements. There’s also an aspect of grandeur to this in line with July being named after Julius Caesar, specifically in the way the wallpaper is styled overall — a modern, contemporary look.
For the styling, I specifically chose to reference James Turrell for this wallpaper because his art is based in the media of light. He doesn't just see light as a peripheral element to some other media. To him, light IS the media. To me, Summer (and July in particular) is a time of being blinded by heat and sunlight. That creates a unique environment in which to observe just how crazy nature can be — unrelenting sunlight and heat so strong you can literally see it. James' work is relevant here as he does the same thing with his installations (just without the heat aspect). He however succeeds in producing a feeling whether there's anything around to feel or not. The sun and its position in this piece is a reference to his works which are composed of nothing more than a room and a projector aimed at a corner. James' objective with these pieces is to make you feel more than what's there. To allow your brain to see something that doesn't actually exist. Whether it's to experience the space in a new way, or the projected shape, you're getting more than you're being physically given. In looking at this piece, I feel like I'm actually in a room, and very small. I'm surrounded by mountains and this yellow, formless aura of a sky. The ground is solid, although not really reacting to the environment (the water isn't reflecting the sky, for instance), and the resulting effect is a very surreal experience. The more traditional looking sky appears to be far away, but is interacting with the sun as if it's a part of the local environment. This could be interpreted as a hole in the yellow sky allowing you see another sky through it, echoing James' efforts which convey the same feeling.
That's not the whole story though. I was also inspired by Mark Rothko, although to a much lesser extent. His influences can be seen in the arrangement of color and breaking up of space within the area of the second smaller sky to the blue bar superimposed over the water. This idea of illustrating the landscape as an abstract, but then using the landscape itself as an abstract intrigued me — what if Rothko was a photographer? Might look something like the center section of this wallpaper.
All in all, I hope you enjoy this wallpaper. Whether you're a fan of the fine art aspects, the astrology, the Roman connection, or just like the pretty colors, I thank you for looking Desktop Sizes
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