Above the Sea Level
In the widely known painting by Botticelli, â€œBirth of Venus,â€ the seashell symbolizes both the motion and the birth of life.
The artist builds the space with multi-leveled viewpoints. When we look at the whimsical town with the waiting carriage and then, down to the bottom, we realize the grandeur of the entire construction, built on top of a conch shell.
The viewer is involved in the space where the light clouds fly by and the solid ground is down below. Humans always looked for that base ground amidst the ever-changing world.
In reality, human life goes on behind the glowing windows of the castle. The upper portion is the â€œtip of the iceberg,â€ but there is another side, invisible to the â€œinexperienced viewer.â€ It is the past life, the memories, which feed the real life that shines with lights.
The light in the windows signifies the â€œlight of intelligence.â€ The entire structure of the conch shell can be connected with the function of the human brain. Above the sea, glowing with lights, is the smaller but brighter part of our conscious â€“ the visible portion of our brain â€œiceberg.â€ The larger section of the â€œicebergâ€ is sunk in the depths of subliminal and instinctive feelings.