Communications 101 (Dow)
Robert Lyn Nelsons "Extinction is Forever" effectively illustrates a sense of hope.
Transition + Supporting Sentences # 1 & 2
First of all, the piece is hopeful because its focal point is a group of four humpback whales swimming in a seemingly endless ocean. Since the artist has chosen to depict a group of whales, rather than merely one of these great mammals, this image offers hope that the species will continue.
Transition + Supporting Sentences # 3 & 4
Also, the group of whales is made up of two adult humpbacks and two young humpbacks. The presence of the two offspring is significant: here the artist reinforces the optimistic message that at least at the present the humpbacks continue to thrive.
Transition + Supporting Sentences # 5 & 6
Most importantly, the four whales are shown swimming is a type of freeform circle. The circle represents the circle of life that will continue unbroken as long as the humpbacks are protected and thus saved from extinction.
Thus, in a seemingly somber piece, Nelson sends a powerful and optimistic message: if concerned citizens intervene on behalf of the Pacific humpback whales, their extinction can be avoided.