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Cover Art: The Fallen Bee by Tomas Libertiny 

The cover art work is a photograph I took of a dead honeybee. The image is both symbolic and literal. The death, slow and gentle, is played out on a theatre stage. There is no blood, no sign of old age. The bee, which could be sleeping, is anonymous as its face is turned away from the audience. It does and it will imply many themes such as sacrifice or raise a question of fate and predestination. However, as it is with current political turmoils, the victims are always the hardworking and the innocent. Just like the famous painting The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David, the photo doesn’t show the murderer. Our Charlotte Corday is ignorance. The fragility of life and nature couldn’t not be more obvious. Today, there are still loud political figures who deny the scale of global warming is a result of human activity despite all the evidence. The truth has become a matter of an opinion. Everybody seems to quote Albert Einstein on what he said about bees. However, he also said: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”  - Tomas Libertiny


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