Max Song 


‘Does the grass feel pain?’

This may sound like a kid’s question. Yet do we still possess the empathy for Earth, like we once did when we were kids? The feelings of Earth is a figurative use of words. We can try to understand our planet more from how it ‘reacts’ to human activities, just like the zoologists study animals through their behaviour.

The 2019-2020 ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused us uncountable losses. We have lost some friends, families, loved ones and key workers who are working to protect our community. Our societies are now well connected to overcome this together.

This artwork is an invitation for people to see the pandemic in another way—humans are the viruses for Earth and the COVID-19 is just the immune system of Earth. It might be cruel to think in this way. However human do share some similarities with viruses, and the relationship between human and Earth is comparable with viruses and their hosts in some ways.

“Viruses are small particles of genetic material that are surrounded by a protein coat or a fatty "envelope" covering. They are incapable of reproducing on their own. Viruses depend on the organisms they infect for their very survival. Viruses get a bad rap, but they also perform many important functions for humans, plants, animals, and the environment.”

Some viruses have beneficial properties for their hosts in a symbiotic relationship, and human can be good for our planet as well. This is a call for people to live healthier with Earth together.

Max Song, Fine Art BA, 3rd year