First Men: Edwin E “Buzz” Aldrin shows first-hand the event that took place on July 20, 1969. The place is the moon, and the photographer – reflected in the helmet of the subject – is Neil Armstrong. While the photo from which this painting is inspired is one of the most recognized moon shots taken, there was never a similar shot taken of Armstrong himself.
Alan Bean set out to create the moment by replicating Armstrong’s stance and position, from the reflection in Aldrin’s helmet. His First Men: Neil A. Armstrong is a companion piece to this one, First Men: Edwin E “Buzz” Aldrin, with both works standing strong on their own, or together as a set. They are a testament to the ingenuity and perseverance of mankind.
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