A Cosmic View Mural (Robert McCall)

This mural represents the optimistic imagination of space exploration.

Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Artist Robert McCall created this mural for the opening of this Museum in 1976. Celebrating the recent landing of humans on the Moon, it suggests the first steps toward an exploration of the vast reaches of space.

Collection Item Long Description:

This mural, created by Robert McCall for the opening of this museum in 1976, represents the past, present, and future of our universe. On the far left is an imaginative depiction of the “big bang” theory of the creation of the universe. In the middle stands an Apollo astronaut on the Moon—a recent event in 1976. To the right are a lunar rover and a second astronaut near a lunar landing module. The command and service module containing the third crew member orbits above the lunar lander. Above planet Earth is the Sun, its rays illuminating the vast region of space open to future exploration.

  • Past, Present, Future

    This mural, created by Robert McCall for the opening of this museum in 1976, represents the past, present, and future of our universe.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Museum purchase

Medium

Painting, Mural, acrylic on canvas

Dimensions

2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Mural): 1783.1 x 2286cm (58 ft. 6 in. x 75 ft.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

The space mural-a cosmic view, 1976; depiction of birth of universe; planets Saturn and Mars and asteroids; figure of an American astronaut on surface of Moon with lunar module and second astronaut in background; orbiting command and service module; vertical section depicts rising sun, galaxies and the Milky Way.

Type

ART-Paintings

Inventory Number

A19780171000

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