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Nelson, Jud 1943-  Search this
Johnson Atelier  Search this
Sculpture: bronze and aluminum, with patina and partially painted; Base: bronze with patina
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by National Archives and Records Administration 7th & Pennsylvania Avenue Washington District of Columbia
Located Gerald R. Ford Museum 303 Pearl Street N.W Grand Rapids Michigan 49504
Commissioned April 1982. 1982-1984. Dedicated Sept. 7, 1984
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Michigan survey, 1993.
Image on file.
Nelson 1982-84 (On plaque on rear of base:) Because of President Gerald R./Ford's consistent interest and/support of the space program/as a Member of Congress and/as President, he requested that/a sculpture commemorating/the U.S. space program be/placed on Museum grounds./Judson Nelson of New York/City was selected to complete/the first major sculpture in the/history of art to depict weight-/lessness, and his work shows an/astronaut leaving a spaceship./Dedicated: September 7, 1984. signed
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
Full-length bronze figure of a fully-suited astronaut is depicted emerging from his spacecraft. He is tethered to the craft by a cord as he floats weightlessly. The cord is attached to an aluminum life support system at the figure's waist. The tubes from the support system to the figure's chest are blue and red. The NASA insignia on the upper proper right side of his chest and the American flag on his proper left arm are rendered in red, white and blue. The spacecraft which serves as the base is only partially seen, from the point where the figure exits. It is cylindric in shape and installed at an angle into the ground. The spacecraft has a deep green and brown patina.
History--United States--Space Program  Search this
Figure male--Full length  Search this
Occupation--Transportation--Astronaut  Search this
Dress--Uniform--Astronaut Uniform  Search this
Architecture--Vehicle--Spacecraft  Search this
Control number:
IAS MI000719
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums