Alan Bean 24 Astronaut Counter Signed Limited Edition Textured Canvas Giclee :"Reaching For The Stars "Item #: GW-330
Artist: Alan Bean
Title: Reaching For The Stars
Edition Size: Limited to 1500 Editions. COA included.
Image Size: 27" x 34"
About the Art: Hand-Signed by 24 Astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab & Apollo-Soyuz Space Flights...
including The First American in Space & 6 Moonwalkers
Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12 & Skylab 3)
Alan L. Bean (Apollo 12 & Skylab 3)
M. Scott Carpenter (Mercury 7)
Gerald P. Carr (Skylab 4)
Charles "Pete" Conrad
L. Gordon Cooper, JR. (Mercury 9 & Apollo 7)
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 7 & Apollo 13)
Jack R. Lousma (Skylab 4)
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 & Skylab 3)
Alan B. Shephard, Jr. (Mercury 3 & Apollo 14)
Thomas P. Stafford (Gemini 6,9, Apollo10 & Apollo-Soyuz
Paul J. Weitz (Skylab 2)
Alfred M. Worden (Apollo 15)
In his book "Apollo: An Eyewitness Account," Alan Bean says of "Reaching for the Stars," "In one sense this is a painting of a universal astronaut, symbolizing everyone who flew in Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz. It also represents those who fly on space shuttles and will fly on a space station and on future missions only dreamed about at this time. The astronaut is an emissary of us all, soaring away from our planet earth ... But in a broader view ['Reaching for the Stars' symbolizes] all of us who possess a dedicated and adventurous spirit no matter what our interests or age."
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.