*The ancients now return to Earth
From home so far away
Observe the work that they gave birth
See what it is today
The seed they left so long ago
Planted in ancient seas
Has had millenniums to grow
Become the Earth’s trustees
Experiment success or not
The ancients decide now
Are we the outcome that they sought
Or have they come to plow
So humble in our arrogance
Of things we do not know
Is all Earth’s life just happenstance?
Or life ancients bestow?*
This artwork was inspired by a current scientific hypothesis that our genetic material may have arrived on earth from space, hitch-hiking on a meteorite or comet. This artwork portrays that hypothesis, but instead the genetic material was actually brought to earth by an advanced civilization as an experiment. In the artwork, these beings return to observe the outcome of their experiment. The city-sized, alien ships both reflect and conduct existing natural light to cloak themselves from discovery.
I just love sci-fi!… or is it sci-fi??
The original is 6000 × 4800 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. This was programmed and rendered by me from scratch in POV-Ray. This artwork is exactly as rendered without any post-processing. Because the original is so large and difficult to see over the internet, I have included a few detail cutaways below.