Oil on Panels (3) 30″ X 88″ Overall (Three panels: 1 – 24X30, 1- 30X40, and another 24X30)
This painting gets its name from a line uttered by Humphrey Bogart in the 1941 hit movie “The Maltese Falcon”:
“The stuff dreams are made of”.
And here is how it all fits together: In 1941 Isaac Asimov accidentally coined the term “Robotics” in one of his Sci-Fi books. And with that… and the quote from the Maltese Falcon, the idea behind this painting began to evolve in my mind.
All it took was a few inspired authors to write about the mysteries of space, the concept of rockets, and the possibility of alien beings and a whole new industry was born. Shows like “War Of The Worlds”, “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, “The Forbidden Planet”, “The Jetsons”, “Lost In Space”, “Star Trek”, “Star Wars”, “Battle Star Galactica”, etc, inspired the science and wonder of today’s space race.
John Glenn orbited the earth in The Friendship 7 in 1962, later the same year he turned 41.
By 1969 the Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong of the Apollo 11 mission were walking on the moon and collecting samples. The words of Neil Armstrong, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” will forever be etched in history.
After you’ve had time to look at all the crazy spacecraft scattered about the parking lot and have taken note of the various salesmen, the customers, and the little hidden details throughout the parking lot, buildings, and rockets, and saucers, take a close look at the background for the real message behind the painting.
If you look in the billowing clouds of the background, you will notice faint representations of yesterday’s and today’s rockets. All these rockets are clear examples of reality being born out of fantasy. You will note the Soyuz tucked behind the Elon’s Lot-O-Rockets New & Used sign, almost completely obscured. This is because when Elon decided he wanted a launch some rockets, and approached Russia to purchase a rocket body, he was told it would cost 10 Million dollars. When he balked at paying so much for something that is used once and thrown away, they laughed and reportedly said; “What, is that too much little boy?”. On the flight home he decided he would build his own rockets and design them to be reused. So his “new & USED” sign now obscures Russia’s prized Soyuz rocket that was until recently pretty much the ONLY way to get people and supplies into space, and points the way to the Falcon Heavy, a reusable rocket, the FIRST of its kind.
If you look at the crescent moon, you will notice small white detail in the darkened area of the moon’s surface. These represent lights from cities and roadways. I did this because after sitting in on a NASA launch and hearing about the plans to build bases and mining operations on the moon in preparation for the trips to Mars… it hit me, one day the undeveloped, lifeless moon surface with be alive with twinkling lights and roadways. It will be a different moon than I grew up with that hangs in tomorrow’s sky for the upcoming generation. Won’t that be weird, looking up at night sky and seeing lights and life on the moon?
Coming toward the moon and breaking apart on re-entry you’ll notice the Chinese Space Station the Tiangong-1 as that was in the news while I worked on this painting. They know it is going to come down, but they aren’t sure just where yet. They think somewhere in Europe perhaps. So enjoy Europe’s sights and cafes, but keep one eye on the sky at all times. You never know what might be headed toward you as you sip that wine in Paris or that espresso in Italy.
The airplane in the parking lot with the number 41 on it indicates the number of this painting in my robot series. It was also the year that M & Ms were born as a candy for soldiers in the war. It was invented as a way to eat chocolate in the battlefield without worry of it melting all over their uniforms.
There are 41 flying craft in the painting IF you count all the reflections of Elon’s Falcon Heavy engines coming down (the blue rocket on panel C has that scene reflected in all three windows, and the jet has them reflected in the window and on the nose cone). I will always remember watching that event unfold on TV with my wife Sharon, it was so unreal that it almost seemed like a scene from a movie.
There are 41 flowers in each of the three flowerbeds.
In the painting title painted on the sales office window on panel C the “E” is from the SpaceX Logo, the “S” is from the fictitious SpaceBook Logo (which is a twist on the “f” of the FaceBook logo), and the “A” is from the Mars One logo.
So you see, out of recesses of the mind come fiction, fantasy, and fantastical ideas… and if it seems desirable enough to the masses that behold it, it eventually becomes their reality.
Everything we have accomplished in flight and space today, was the stuff yesterday’s dreams were made of.