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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Hunters, Floaters, and Sinkers

Filed under extrasolar planets, art, SETI

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Hunters, Floaters, and Sinkers This painting speculates about possible forms of life on a Jupiter-like gas giant. Airbrushed water-based acrylic. 90 x 120 in (7.5 x 10 ft).

Adolf Schaller

Dimensions: The HFS mural measured 90 x 120 inches (7.5 x 10 feet)

Construction: It consisted of nine 30 x 40-inch illustration board panels mounted on a plywood backing. The 30 x 40-inch boards were individually worked as separate panels before mounting using a high-quality rubber cement and finishing the day before the scheduled shooting. This operation included the application of a special tape and additional painting to help conceal the seams between the panels.

Medium: Airbrushed water-based acrylic.

Image scale: 1 degree of arc : 1 inch. Its angular dimensions were thus 90 x 120 degrees. The choice vantage point for a viewer appreciating the entire scene was directly over the center of the center panel a little under 60 inches from the surface at that point. However, no attempt was made to introduce the distortion which would accrue from mapping a wide area onto a flat surface. This was done in order to permit the camera to zoom in and pan across any region of the painting without encountering any local distortions.

Original image data dated on or about November 2, 1979.

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