NEWSWEEK today brought back a memory. In 2009 I went to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. to do some research into the Defense Departments Black Budget, Special Access Programs (SAPs), for that year.
Yes, it’s easy to calculate the standard Black Budget (USAPs - Unacknowledged SAPs are not possible due to bypassing funding through Congress and democratic approval)... but that’s another story. Anyway... on this trip I discovered this image of a lithograph in the Library Of Congress archives. It was created in 1866 depicting George Washington as a Mason. I was struck not by the Masonic symbols, but rather by the curious image in the left inner-arch above George Washington’s right shoulder that shows a Jacob’s Ladder. This is not the Masonic symbol that traditionally sits next to the right shoulder of an influential Mason, not at all. This was an intensional design by the artist... and artists always have meaning to their methods.I published this discovery of a “new” UFO image found in art in 2010. This image was later popularized and reported on by multiple TV shows. As an artist I have always been fascinated by the power of art to act as a record for human consciousness. From the first cave paintings of human handprints, to the rich history presented and preserved in Egyptian hieroglyphs. Art can be profoundly symbolic, and is often used to hide controversial ideas within plain sight. Masonic symbols, for example, can only be understood by those who have been schooled in their meaning. The rest of us see what we want to see... or even as we are. There are anomalous paintings, descriptions, and depictions of advanced Unidentified Flying Objects well before the technological era of modern humanity. There are "hints" that advanced craft have been in our skies, and their occupants have been communicating with human culture since the beginning of recorded history. The subject of visitation requires serious scientific investigation. But it also requires a paradigm shift. Sometimes art is less abrasive when exposing shockingly new ideas. Ideas that gnaw at our sense of pride and ego. Maybe art can act as the messenger, and allow revolutions of mind to be born.