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BEFORE 


The lobby before the arrival of Lynette Cook.

MASKING 


6/30, 7/1
We covered everything -- from the floor to the ceiling -- but the walls that Lynette was going to paint.

BASE 


7/1
The walls were first painted black.

Lynette paints as Dr. White steers the scissor lift. The wall is 11 feet off the floor and over 40 feet wide.

OUTLINE 


7/2
She starts with the theater side wall which will bear the nine planets of our solar system.

She prepares a carefully measured outline on this sheet of paper...

OUTLINE TRANSFER 


and then it is transferred to the wall.

GESSO 


7/8
After all the nine planets were outlined on the wall, Lynette masks around Jupiter and paints it with white Gesso.

JUPITER 


Lynette begins to paint Jupiter. She is using an airbrush to paint the Great Red Spot.

This Jupiter is about 5 feet wide.

INSPECTION 


7/17
Lynette inspects her work thoroughly after completing all the planets.

MILKY WAY 


7/18
Now the planets are covered up in order to paint the Milky Way background.

With a technique called spatter-painting she paints most stars of the Milky Way galaxy.

ONE SIDE DONE 


7/18
Fainter stars and interstellar dust is added with the airbrush. With a coat of varnish, this side is finished.

Shown here are (from left to right) Neptune, Uranus, and Saturn.

OTHER SIDE 


7/22
Lynette begins work on the other side. This is a recently discovered extrasolar planet Gliese 876 b.

The one on the left is a computer printout, the one on the right is her work on the wall.

CELESTIAL 
OBJECTS 


7/24
A planetary system, a globular cluster, Stingray nebula, Siamese Squid nebula

These two nebulae are depicted as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope

HORSEHEAD 
NEBULA 


7/24
Horsehead nebula

ORION 
NEBULA 


7/26
Lynette adds details to Orion nebula according to an image from 2MASS Collaboration, U. Mass., IPAC.

LANDSCAPE 


7/30
Adding details to the landscape of a hypothetical moon of Gliese 876 b.

FINISHED 


7/31
All the plastic is removed and the masterpieces are revealed.

FINISHED 


7/31
The theater side.

Mural artwork Copyright 2002 Lynette Cook