This story is utterly implausible since we don’t know who made the quilt maker.
The art of quilting
By Tanya Foubert
Wednesday July 19, 2006
Barbara West stands in front of
her quilt called Myths of our Time:
Intelligent Design, which won the
National Award of Excellence for
innovative quilts from the Canadian
Canmore Leader Ã¢â‚¬â€ The story goes that a well-known scientist was giving a public lecture on astronomy. The talk went through the planets and how they orbit the sun and in turn the sun orbits our galaxy.
When the scientist, who some say was Bertrand Russell, finished, a little old lady says to him: Ã¢â‚¬Å“What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The professor surprised by such a remark wittily retorts: Ã¢â‚¬Å“What is the tortoise standing on?Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re very clever, young man, very clever,Ã¢â‚¬Â says the lady. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s turtles all the way down!Ã¢â‚¬Â
Looking at a work of art created by Barbara West one sees this story, told in the beginning chapter of Stephen HawkingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s A Brief History of Time, brought to life.
Eight colourful giant Galapagos island tortoises sit one on top of the other balanced by a cane on either side.
At the top the earth sits precariously balanced on the back of an orange-shelled turtle.
At almost seven feet tall the piece is not done in a traditional artistic medium; it is a quilt.
Called Myths of our Time: Intelligent Design, the quilt recently won West the National Award of Excellence for Innovative Quilts from the Canadian Quilters Association.