After “we” finished our 2 posters I wanted to search more into the notion of floating islands in art.

Floating islands have been found in literature since Homer’s Odyssey towards the end of the 8th century BC: “We came to the Aiolian island; here lived Aiolos. son of Hippotas … his island is a floating one; all around it there is a wall of bronze, unbreakable, and rock rises sheer above it”.

Islands in the sky can be found in various video games and science fiction series as well, like the one that it is shown in Stargate SG-1 “the Nox” episode, or one similar in Star Trek universe.

Stargate SG-1, 1997 – “The Nox”.
Star Trek, 1966 – Cloud Minders.

In addition to those examples, the book Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift features the floating land of Laputa. Laputa (that translates from Spanish to whore as an irony) island is about 4,5 miles in diameter with an adamantine base and the inhabitants can maneauver it in any direction using magnetic levitation. The population of the island is the mostly educated people and of course wealthy. They are people fond of mathematics, astronomy, music and technology, the rest of them are common servants. So only the most privileged of the whole realm lived up there; and of course the King of the realm ruled from the flying island.

Illustration by J.J. Grandville, 1847 – Laputa





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