Sunday, February 6, 2011

February 6, 2011 – Outer Space

I spend a lot of time cutting up old atlases for my map art. I use the maps but never really use the illustrations at the beginning of the atlases. In the 1950’s and 1960’s you have these great “Man in Outer Space” illustrations where the science always borders a bit on science fiction. Since 1969 and the Apollo moon landings, it’s gotten rather dull in the front of atlases. Now it’s all satellite images, population maps, etc. You have got to go back about 50 years for the good stuff. Raised on corny sci-fi like Lost in Space and the Planet of Apes movies, this imagery brings back a lot of childhood memories.

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