Friday, April 10, 2009

Art on the job: inspired astronauts

People find artistic inspiration in every aspect of life, including their day jobs. The Art on the Job series highlights some cool examples of art inspired by the ol' 9-to-5.


Astronauts have it easy, right? Just a long, grueling training program, infinite bureaucratic red tape, and then -- if you're lucky -- there's a space for you in space. It must be worth it, though, to see the Earth from above for the first time. But snapshots taken from space are still snapshots, and today we're looking at two examples of astronauts who went a little further in making their space-inspired art. 

Image from the Alan Bean Gallery

First is Alan Bean, who, as part of the Apollo 12 mission, became the fourth person to walk on the moon. After 18 years as an astronaut, Bean decided to become a full-time artist. Most of his works depict scenes from space that few people have the opportunity to see in real life. Bean has an extensive online gallery of his work here

The above painting, Is Anyone Out There?, is composed of textured acrylic and moon dust on aircraft plywood. 

Let me repeat that: MOON DUST on aircraft plywood. Wow.


Next is this Science Friday video, which shows the time-lapse photography of International Space Station astronaut Don Pettit. The individual images are beautiful, but the combination of slow and fast movements captured in the time-lapse is truly stunning. Be sure to turn up the sound so you can hear the interview. Enjoy!

Previously in Art on the Job

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