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Robert Pearlman
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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation release
Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast

More than one hundred uniquely painted, 8-foot Space Shuttle statues will be landing all over the Space Coast this fall for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast program!

In partnership with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism, the program will pay tribute to NASA's 50th Anniversary and its longest running manned vehicle -- the Space Shuttle.

This community-wide effort will launch on June 12, 2008 with organizations and individuals securing their shuttle statues, choosing its design, and then proudly displaying it at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in November 2008. Soon after, the shuttles will travel to the sponsor's location of choice to be on public display for approximately 8 months.

Pride is alive on the Space Coast and this project proves it! Whether you are a corporation, artist or space enthusiast -- you must climb on board and be a part of this exciting program!

All proceeds benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, who aids the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to exceptional college students pursuing these degrees.

A press conference launching the program and sponsorships sales is scheduled for June 12, 08.

Robert Pearlman
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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation release
Searching for Artists with the "Right Stuff"

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is commissioning artists to join in a unique opportunity to paint/decorate 8-foot fiberglass space shuttle statues which will be landing all over the county this fall for the Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast program!

In partnership with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism, the program will showcase 100 shuttle statues at businesses and public venues in this community-wide effort while paying tribute to NASA's 50th Anniversary and its longest running manned vehicle - the Space Shuttle.

The ASF is searching for artists to be part of an elite group who will "fuel" the shuttles for launch into the community. Upon completion of a painted shuttle, the artist will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Artist applications are due by June 24, 2008 and are available online or by calling 321-455-7012.

In addition to the application, all submissions must include the artist's resume and a color copy of the proposed shuttle design.

Robert Pearlman
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  • Artistic Endeavours: Space shuttle statues to be painted for student scholarships (collectSPACE)
    Over 100 space shuttles will land this November at the Kennedy Space Center, though NASA can take credit for only two. The additional orbiters will be courtesy the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which on Thursday formally announced the "Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast" program, a public art exhibit organized to celebrate the first half-century of U.S. space exploration.

  • Artists to turn 'shuttles' into art (Florida Today)
    The first of a fleet of more than 100 8-foot-long space shuttles entered Brevard County's orbit Thursday.

    The "Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast" public art project and several white shuttle statues were introduced at Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex by a handful of astronauts, including first shuttle pilot Bob Crippen of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

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posted 06-21-2008 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With a bit of trepidation I submitted a design for consideration. I don't usually work on a 3 dimensional canvas.

I'll report back when I learn if my design was selected - or not. Keep your collective SPACE fingers crossed.

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posted 06-21-2008 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, you have my best wishes for a successful submission. With your ability, you have a great chance of having a design accepted.

Ken Havekotte
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Besides ASF's Executive Director Linn LeBlanc and former astronaut Bob Crippen, the first shuttle pilot and ASF Vice Chairman, other space celebrities that helped kick off Florida Space Coast's first statue art program on June 19 at the KSCVC were; Apollo 15 lunar voyager Al Worden, ASF Chairman, and former veteran shuttle astronauts Jon McBride and Robert Springer.

After unveiling all the white 8-foot-long fiberglass space shuttle orbiter statues, "first" artist Gina Razzano put the final airbrush touches on her 5-foot tall, 80-pound, steel-base structure.

When asked how long the airbrush paint, in beautiful vibrant colors of a stylish-designed American flag, will survive on the statue in Florida's difficult climate-- she replied that a special protective coating would be applied after all the airbrush artwork on the orbiter was completed.

Cocoa Beach's Quiet Flight surfboard artist Gina Razzano had lived on the Space Coast ever since her father became stationed at Patrick AFB, just south of Cocoa Beach, over 24 years ago. She had been producing art as long as she can remember. In high school Gina was bestowed with a Congressional Art Award from Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, a one-time shuttle payload specialist that flew on Columbia in 1986.

Specializing in surfboard airbrushing for the past 15 years as a graphic artist for one of the nation's leading surfboard companies, Quiet Flight, she was commissioned to paint-decorate the first shuttle orbiter statue for the ASF's "Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast" program.

Always passionate about her artwork, Gina said she enjoys the freedom to create her own designs as well as custom surfboard designs for Quiet Flight's many clients.

Jay Chladek
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posted 06-22-2008 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I first heard about this project, I was tempted to take part myself, given that I have an art background and love shuttles. Plus, up here in Omaha (and in Kansas City) we've had similar 3D art projects with the J Doe sculptures and the cows in KC (as well as P-51 shaped canvases in the various towns near Offutt AFB). I've wondered what sorts of cool things could be accomplished on a 3D shuttle sculpture. But, considering I already have a contract to write a book which I am knee deep in gathering research for right now, I felt that I should stick with that project rather then taking on another. And I'll bet they wouldn't allow me to take the thing off the stand and slap it on a giant set of SRBs and an ET either.

Tim, good luck with your submission. I know it is a three dimensional canvas, but all things considered, shuttles are pretty slab sided and tend to lend themselves well to putting flat stuff on them. If you get selected, I know you will do a dang good job. One thing you could do to help out with the 3D aspect of your design is to mock it up on a smaller model (such as a 1/72 scale shuttle kit). That way, you can try things out before commiting them to the big one. And if you finish both the same, then you would have a 3D piece for your portfolio to enjoy while the big one sits on display.

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I am very proud to announce that my design (#4) and (even more important) my daughters design (#58) were selected by the Art Review Committee to be considered for sponsorship. The next step is to see if a sponsor will choose our designs for inclusion.

You can see all of the approved submissions at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's website.

Jay Chladek
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I didn't have to look at the number to guess which one was yours Tim. Personally, I think you've probably got the strongest concept artwork up there as the paint work is very well done. Your daughter's design is also pretty creative in a different way. There are a lot of designs here that I like. The fact that both of you went ahead and actually made 3D mockups should also help sell the concepts as I think some of these concepts might work better in 2D rather then 3D. I hope both of your projects get sponsored as they would look great on the big orbiters!

Of the other projects, the Eagle and Gator shuttles I like. The one with the Hubble on the tail and all the images of far off galaxies, planets and nebulae is also really cool. The one made up of children's building blocks is also very inventive as well, although THAT is going to take a lot of paint work to do properly if it gets selected.

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posted 10-05-2008 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My original design was selected by a sponsor and then I received a phone call that a second sponsor chose me to design and paint one for them as well.

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The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation debuted the painted space shuttle statues for Brevard County's first statue program, Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast, on November 7, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in the shadow of a full-scale shuttle replica.

The statues, which were uniquely painted and decorated by a variety of artists, were put on public display at the Visitor Complex throughout November before they were placed around Brevard County at their individual sponsors' venues of choice.

Unveiling participants included Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, Skylab and space shuttle astronaut Jack Lousma, space shuttle astronauts Charlie Bolden and Robert Springer, and Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Executive Director Linn LeBlanc.

These photos of the unveiling ceremony are courtesy Tim Gagnon (KSCArtist), whose designs were selected for two of the shuttles by Communications Concepts, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

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Tim Gagnon's two space shuttles.

Gary Milgrom also toured the shuttles while they were on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. His photographs, including the one included below, can be viewed at his online gallery.

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On December 11, 2008, the painted space shuttles went on display at their sponsored locations, where they will be through June 2009. An interactive map to their locations is available on the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's website.

Two of the orbiter statues, including Tim Gagnon's for The Boeing Company, are now on display at Space View Park in Titusville. Photographs courtesy the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation.

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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation release
Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast Auction

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is proud to conclude its Shuttles Orbiting the Space Coast program by auctioning more than 20 of its 35 uniquely-designed Space Shuttle Statues. Now's your chance to win your very own extraordinarily crafted space shuttle by bidding online here or in-person at the Final Destination Reception at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on October 8, 2009 at 5:30 PM - 8 PM. Admission is free, but please RSVP your attendance to the reception.

The program launched in 2008, when local companies sponsored 8-foot, fiberglass space shuttles, and then chose artists to painstakingly adorn each one. Each genuine work of art has been on tour around the Space Coast and has landed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to receive its final flight coordinates at the October 8, 2009 auction conclusion!

Registration opens on September 15, 2009. Auction opens on October 1, 2009 at 8:00 am EDT.

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Make sure you bid on this one. The artist is not too bad! I am hoping this one does well.

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These works of art are tremendous... but how would I explain it to my wife if one showed up in our yard?

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What are the expecting going rates? I'm sure the ones that are autographed will be in highest demand, but I have my eye on a couple others. How much should I be budgeting for?

Love the idea, and love the artwork!

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  1. How do these break-down?
  2. How much do they weight?
  3. I see earlier in this post that there were 100, where are they?

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  1. The orbiters themselves are solid pieces and do not break down. They are bolted to their bases.

  2. They weigh approximately 80 pounds. A separate 200 pound concrete base (for outdoor display) is available on request.

  3. Though 100 were originally planned, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation notes that 35 were ultimately decorated by artists, of which only 22 are being offered for sale (the others being kept by their sponsors at an additional fee).

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Okay, I am open to ideas. How, exactly, does one bring this up with one's spouse, let alone explain how it it would look perfect on the front porch?

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Honey, it's art!

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No, not the front porch. The auction states "All statues have been coated with an automotive seal to sustain outside weather." You ask her were in the yard she thinks it should be placed, that way she is involved with the decision making process. Of course in my case when my wife saw these she wanted to know which one(s) we plan on winning. I love my wife!!!

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These are so very cool... like the cows in Chicago several years ago, and pigs were in Holland Michigan a couple of years ago. I got A LOT of pictures of PIGS!

And in Fort Wayne, there was a painted TV exhibit in a park near downtown (Philco Farnsworth is from/born in Ft. Wayne (???) and this was to honor him several years ago...

These Shuttles are so very cool.

If someone needs a place to display theirs and wants to pay all the costs, I know a GREAT farm in/near Walkerton, Indiana (home of John Glenn High School and Harold Urey) that has room!

My first boss out of college moved to a house on the edge of town, many years ago, and his son was born near/on July 20, 1969. When he moved to that house, he bought one of those plastic kid toy Space Shuttle on a bouncy spring and put it in his yard for the kids to play on!

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Last night was great! All twenty-two of the statues went up for auction online and (last night live). The guests included the sponsors, the artists and a few folks with very deep pockets.

I had a great time speaking with Andy Allen, Bob Springer and Don Williams who all signed my "Space Shuttle The First Twenty Years" book.

My statue that was sponsored by Boeing was purchased by a true believer, a fellow space cadet and a good friend. It's nice to know it will have a good home.

When I get the photos, I'll post them.

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I was surprised at the amount these brought - I fell out early. Anyone here win one? Kudos to the ASF and all the winners for a fun auction.

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I know you all would like to know if our own cS artist Tim Gagnon's amazing creation stayed within the cS community. Well yes it has, it will be landing at our home here in Georgia. We bid on his any only his because of our relationship with Tim and we knew that there would be a special connection with this piece of art.

Yesterday the price reached our own self imposed bidding cap about mid-day. I had e-mailed Tim about our disappointment and wished his art a good home. Tim's response was typical of this community "Would you like me to paint a 1/100 scale model in a similar fashion?" -- a true space comrade and friend.

Well, with the bidding entering the last 15 minutes Jackie and I agreed that this particular statue belong within our collection and we bid again, and you can see the outcome. Our collection now takes a new avenue by moving to outside the house as we figure out the best way to display this treasure. We will be figuring out the logistics of getting here and will post photos just as soon as we can.

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We have received our ASF auction shuttle today. It will need a permanent base but here is the new home for Tim's great work of art.

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Bolt it securely to protect it from vandals.

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We are so far out in the woods we worry about raccoons, deer and armadillos more than vandals!

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