“Playing War” by Brian Stauffer is the first work of art for sale in The Nautilus Collection. Brian’s illustration, which graced the cover of Nautilus print issue No. 10, won the 2016 National Magazine Award for Best Cover for Design & Style.
Brian was commissioned to illustrate the article, “Let’s Play War,” by author Jonathon Keats. The article focuses on Buckminister Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome, who popularized the phrase, “Spaceship Earth,” suggesting the fate of our planet depends on world leaders acting in harmony with one another. Military statesmen, from ancient Greece onward, have designed war games to create strategies for the real thing. Drawing on the tradition of war games, Fuller, the renegade thinker, designed a “World Game,” not to strategize for war but peace. It was a brilliant idea that Jonathon, in his Nautilus article, explains could be realized today.
In his illustration, Brian captured the threat of war, symbolized by the black jet, in turn quieted by the red chess pieces in the place of missiles. For the image, Brian combined hand-drawn sketches, painted elements, and scanned found objects. We think you’ll agree it’s a stunning image, at once a sign of danger and ultimately a promise of peace.
This signed and numbered print is available for a limited time only through The Nautilus Collection. You have the option to add a museum-quality frame guaranteed to keep the artwork in pristine condition for generations to come, when maybe Spaceship Earth will be traveling in peace. Your purchase includes a copy of Nautilus print issue No. 10. Be sure and click on Additional Information above to learn more about the museum quality of the print and frame.