Painting in space on Blue Origin rocket ship

Jeff Hein works in his art studio, testing his paint and creative processes on the exterior panel of Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spaceship. (Regeneration aerospace photo)

The Blue Origin rocket venture of Evolution Aerospace and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plans to put up pictures where almost no art has gone before: on the side of a rocket ship.

“Canvases” for these works are external panels that will be mounted on the Blue Origin’s suborbital New Sheppard spaceship, which will be sent to the space range during an un-test flight, then returned to Earth for distribution to buyers of the pictures.

Two Utah artists are known for their realistic and surrealist portraits – Jeff Hein and Mark R. Pugh – will come with creations that are aerodynamically challenging climbs and climates through the atmosphere. Hoist Aerospace has conducted tests to ensure that the adhesion, integrity and relative coloration of the paint will bear the rigidity of space travel. But tests also suggest that travel will change the art. And that’s fine.

An expert on the museum, Dakota Bradshaw, who is associated with the project, said, “The Mona Lisa does not advance the viewer in a very poignant way without indications of her centuries-old story and the emergence of her Renaissance era brush.” will increase.” News release. “Evolution will return a unique and indelible mark on Aerospace’s first artwork to return from travel and story space travel.”

Utah-based Uttan Aerospace owner Josh Haines arranged with Blue Origin and the cast to land the project. “The idea that the artwork will be lit by distant galaxies, with the Earth as a backdrop, is a beautiful sight – and I think this feature will allow viewers a closer connection with the universe and the precious planet we call home Will give “.

The artists worked with engineers and experts on space materials to materialize their creations. “I like to create art as a blend of traditional image with modern elements,” Pugh said. “Painting with the classical approach on the side of a rocket is an exciting way to merge the traditional with the modern.”

For his part, Hein said it would be “thrilling to be in an outdoor space for the expression of my humanity.”

“After 18 years of painting, I have been fortunate to show my work all over the world, but I have never shown it in space.” “It’s really amazing.”

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Mark Pugh tries paint and the substrate used for the New Shepard Art Project. (Uplink aerospace photo)

There are plenty of examples for space art – whether we are talking about the late Apollo astronaut Alan Bean, who devoted himself to drawing spacecraft after a trip to the moon in 1969; Or shuttle astronaut Nicole Stott, who painted watercolors during her tenure on the International Space Station; Or John Stahr, the inner artist who painted the “Galactic Girl” on the nose of Virgin Galactic’s spaceship Twoview rocket aircraft.

Blue Origin joined a student art competition last year, organized with the support of OK Go, a geeky band that specializes in viral music videos.

Bezos’ space company has not yet announced when New Shepard will fly the next flight. The most recent test flight took place last December, when the winning entries in the OK Go competition were taken for the ride. Since then, the coronovirus epidemic has taken a huge toll in the evolution of Blue Origin. But if it took Michelangelo four years to paint the roof of the Sistine Chapel, then uplifting aerospace artists may certainly have to wait a few months to put the finishing touches on their paintings.

Evolution Aerospace is currently accepting bids for New Shepard paintings. To access the Boli portal and for more information about the art, see Utthan’s website.

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