The Best of Bean
A collection of otherworldly paintings goes on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
- By The Editors
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 15, 2009
Courtesy Alan Bean
Tiptoeing on the Ocean of Storms, 1982, acrylic on Masonite
About this painting, Alan Bean recalls, “I ran next to this crater as if my legs would never get tired. On Earth, I weighed about 150 pounds, and my suit and backpack weighed another 150. On the moon, with its one-sixth gravity, my equipment and I only weighed 50 pounds, making me feel as if I could run forever. The suit is stiff and hard to move at the knee and hip joints, and you learn very quickly to run by keeping the legs stiff and using ankle motion, as if you are dancing on tiptoe.”