The Great Moon Trip, Warrington Colescott, Federico Castellon Memorial Print Collection

| April 22, 2013

July 20, 1969 is the date of THE lunar landing, the one with all the big names we can tick off: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and (least we forget) Michael Collins. I am trying to imagine the collective excitement felt by our nation and frankly feel dizzy at the mere thought. I’ve recently visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. for the second time and could not stop thinking about the kinds of questions made possible (thinkable, rather) due to this historic event. There is a recent article about the exploration of Mars, for example, in this week’s New Yorker that feels so surreal I checked to make sure it wasn’t another sci-fi themed issue. And then, I stumbled upon this amazing print, The Great Moon Trip, in the Federico Castellon Memorial Print Collection. It seems to express it all, it being the flux of the late 60s and the wonder of the heavens. Warrington Colescott, the artist, donated this print to the Collection in 1972 under the auspices of the Society of American Graphic Artists. The print’s complexities is truly something to behold as we approach the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing.

For more of the Castellon Memorial Print Collection, visit here. Enjoy!