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Alan Bean - REACHING FOR THE STARS -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          REACHING FOR THE STARS
by Alan Bean

$2,200.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 1500
Image Size: 27"w x 34"h.
Published: September 1997







From the first American in space to the last flight of an Apollo aircraft, 24 Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab & Apollo-Soyuz astronauts signed Reaching for the Stars designating it a significant historical document. This canvas is an exact 3-D replica of the painting by Apollo 12 Moonwalker Alan Bean, making it an incredible piece of art. As a single document, Reaching for the Stars is one of the most fascinating and important records of the exploration of space you could possibly own.

Five Mercury, eight Gemini, fifteen Apollo, six Moonwalkers,eight Skylab and one Apollo-Soyuz program astronauts all signed Reaching for the Stars. Such a record can never be created again. These are the men who visited the heavens at a time when the eyes of the world looked to space, the moon and beyond.

From the Moon to You:

Astronaut – Explorer – Moonwalker

Alan Bean’s Unique Technique

Reaching for the Stars was created for the rotunda of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame as an inspirational mural. In his work of art, you can actually feel and see the vestiges of lunar exploration. Just as with his original, your canvas features Alan Bean’s trademark “moonprints” of authentic lunar boots, impressions from a core tube-bit used to collect lunar soil samples and marks from a hammer used to drive the staff of the American flag into the Moon’s surface.

Meticulously produced over a five months period, this textured canvas faithfully recreates the look and feel of the original painting—including the artist’s brush strokes—using a state-of-the-art combination of technological, artistic and craftsmanship skills. No other reproduction process compares in quality and value. The resulting fine art canvas is as close as you will come to owning the original work of art.

Owning a Piece of History

Possibly not since the Declaration of Independence have two dozen great American heroes joined together to countersign and create such a historically significant work of art. In October, 1997, the astronauts came together for three reasons: to declare the expansion and renovation of the Astronaut Hall of Fame, to celebrate the induction of Apollo-era astronauts to the Hall (with Walter Cronkite as emcee) and to countersign Reaching for the Stars—specifically created to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime event. the personal and individual signatures of each astronaut are written on the textured surface of this special, superior-quality canvas.

Counter-signers:

Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12 & Apollo 11)

Alan L. Bean (Apollo 12 & Skylab 3)

M. Scott Carpenter (Mercury 7)

Gerald P. Carr (Skylab 4)

Charles "Pete" Conrad (Gemini 5 & Gemini 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 3)

L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. (Mercury 9)

Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7)

Charles M. Duke, Jr. (Apollo 16)

Owen K. Garriott (Skylab 3)

Edward G. Gibson (Skylab 4)

John H. Glenn, Jr. (Mercury 6)

Richard F. Gordon, Jr. (Gemini 11 & Apollo 12)

Fred W. Haise, Jr. (Apollo 13)

James A. Lovell (Gemini 12 & Apollo 8 & Apollo 13)

Jack R. Lousma (Skylab 3)

James A. McDivitt (Gemini 4 & Apollo 9)

Edgar D. Mitchell (Apollo 14)

William R. Pogue (Skylab 4)

Walter M Schirra, Jr. (Gemini 6, Mercury 9, Apollo 7)

Russell L. Schweickart (Apollo 9)

Alan B. Shepard, Jr. (Mercury 3 & Apollo 14)

Thomas P. Stafford (Gemini 6, 9, Apollo 10 & Apollo-Soyuz)

Paul J. Weitz (Skylab 2)

Alfred M. Worden (Apollo 15)




Alan Bean
Twelve people have walked on the moon. Only one was an explorer artist, Alan Bean—Apollo XII astronaut, commander of Skylab II and artist. Born in 1932 in Wheeler, Texas and in 1950, Alan was selected for an NROTC scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. Alan was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy in 1955. Holder of eleven world records in space and astronautics, Alan Bean has had a most distinguished peacetime career. His awards include two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal and the Robert J. Collier Trophy. As part of the Apollo XII crew, he became the fourth of only twelve men ever to walk on the Moon. As the spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II, he set a world record: 24,400,000 miles traveled during the 59-day flight. When he wasn’t flying, Bean always enjoyed painting as a hobby. Attending night classes at St. Mary’s College in Maryland in 1962, Alan experimented with landscapes. During training and between missions as a test pilot and astronaut, he continued private art lessons. On space voyages, his artist’s eye and talent enabled him to document impressions of the Moon and space to be preserved later on canvas. A voracious student, Alan began to immerse himself in polishing his talent with the same intensity he gave to his astronaut training. Inspired by the impressionists and studying under contemporary masters, he is a first-rate artist who is as comfortable rendering sharp realism as he is with portraying subtle emotions through a faceless spacesuit— but there's a bonus: As the only artist who has visited another world, Bean paints with an authenticity and insight completely unique in the entire history of art by creating a palette mirroring his artistic eye. His is a personal portfolio of the golden era of space exploration as viewed by the only artist who has BEEN there. His art reflects the attention to detail of the aeronautical engineer, the respect for the unknown of the astronaut and the unabashed appreciation of a skilled explorer artist. The space program has seen unprecedented achievements and Bean realized that most of those who participated actively in this adventure would be gone in forty years. He knew that if any credible artistic impressions were to remain for future generations, he must paint them now. “My decision to resign from NASA in 1981 was based on the fact that I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no other artist ever has,” Bean said, “and I hope to communicate these experiences through art.” He is pursuing this dream at his home and studio in Houston. Bean’s book, Apollo: An Eyewitness Account, which chronicles his first-person experience as an Apollo astronaut and explorer artist in words and paintings, was received with critical and popular acclaim upon its publication in 1998.

 

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