In 1969, during a walk on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin took a photo of the print his spacesuit's boot made on the lunar surface. While the photo was taken to determine the soil mechanics of the lunar regolith, the emotional aspect of a man placing his foot on another world reverberated with humanity on planet Earth.
In February of 2009, while in San Diego for SpaceFest, came across a table displaying a Paul Calle original drawing titled "First Step." The display to sell prints of the drawing as part of a museum fundraiser. While the prints were exceptional, it was the original that captured my attention. The owner at the time had commissioned Paul Calle in the early 1970's to produce a drawing in Mr. Calle's splendid pencil technique. According to Chris Calle, this was the only large format drawing of a lunar boot print that Paul ever did during his lifetime.
The above close up exhibits Paul Calle's drawing style. His rapid vigorous pencil strokes appear very chaotic until you step back to view the entire work. That is the beauty of his technique. It demonstrates his ability to quickly sketch a subject as it moves within his composition.
In order to display and protect this one of a kind original, I chose a frame that would accent and not overpower the drawing.
Acquiring this original required patience, but in the end, adding this major piece of art was worth the wait.