Methods for Holding the Sky Together - Method 1


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

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National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of the artist, Clayton Merrell. The artist Clayton Merrell owns the copyright. Not for product sales with PD &L, but is willing to permit NASM to use the images for exhibition and educational purposes.


Print: Methods For Holding Up the Sky


  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 55.9 x 76.2cm (22 x 30 in.)
  • 2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 66 x 86.4cm (26 x 34 in.)



Physical Description

  • The works depict kaleidoscopically rendered clouds and geometrical line patterns connecting the clouds together. Merrell’s states, “These prints are part of a series that attempts to visualize the process of extrapolating information from a complex natural system. In these images, the sky has been kaleidoscopically rendered as a kind of sublime projection screen – a place of infinite interpretive possibility. Onto the subtle complexity of the sky an ordering system is projected as an attempt to render diagrammatically the relationships and complexities of sunlight, atmosphere, and clouds.”
  • Artist Clayton Merrell grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. He studied painting and printmaking at Brigham Young University and the Yale School of Art, where he earned an MFA in 1995. He received a Fulbright Grant to Oaxaca, Mexico in 1996-97. His work is exhibited and collected widely, with recent exhibitions at: The American Embassy in Belmopan, Belize; Slow Gallery, Chicago; Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh PA; The Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell NM; the A+D Gallery, Chicago; and the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua NY. He has received numerous awards and grants and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA.


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