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Robert T. McCall  Search this
Painting, Mural, acrylic on canvas
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.
Alternate Name:
<i>A Cosmic View</i> Mural (Robert McCall)
Key Accomplishment(s):
Our Place in the Cosmos
Impact or Innovation:
This mural represents the optimistic imagination of space exploration.
Brief Description:
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.
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Inventory Number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum