Each of Pastel White’s Maze’s acts as a visual analogy, in the case of The Future of Humanity 1972 it is of the collective human experience. As one moves from the red point in the centre, each decision made produces a probability of outcome: of finding a way out or getting lost.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the human race did not have the power to end humanity, but less than 50 years later we did. The further we travel in time, the more it matters what decisions we make and the paths we pave as a result; for, it only gets more likely that we will create a piece of technology that will close the curtain on the human experience.
Of course, we do not know where we are in this metaphorical maze. We could be in the early stages that still allow us to make mistakes, or we may have turned the corner (yesterday, 100 or more years ago?) that leads us to a dead end (tomorrow, 100 ore more years from now?).
But remember on successfully navigating out of this maze would only place you at the centre of another maze, the next having the possibility of being even more complex than the previous…
This maze allows the viewer to experience that fork in the road: the decision made that gives us the ability to continue or leads us down the path to annihilation.
1972 was the year that the first successful genetic engineering took place marking the change from hundreds of years of cross breading or promoting of traits through selective breeding.
In 2020 Covid 19 change how the world lived, reminding many of us just how fragile society is and how it could all be destroyed from a virus created by nature or man.