The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has been engaging the Kansas City community in the arts ever since its founding. My digital painting celebrates the spirit which encourages the free expression of art, a work that heals the community and adds to the world.
In this fantasy scene of the Nelson's expansive south lawn, on the sunny afternoon of July 23, 6717, we see the places that such work allows us to imagine. The once-controversial shuttlecocks have begun the irreversible process of the freeing the imagination, and even the sky is not the limit.
The great Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest neighbor in space to our Milky Way, has been drifting our way for ages and ages. It may, by the time of this photo, take up half the night sky. A perfect backdrop for a game of badminton, on a field as large as our imagination. By adding this piece to your collection, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Nelson, so come on, let's play!
All photography by David Bayard. Deep-space photography is a collage of several images gathered on a 10" reflector telescope in the Missouri night sky. Weather (earthly) images were taken in Kansas City, in the summer of 2016.
Thanks are due to members of the Bayard family, who labored tirelessly for nearly fifteen minutes each in the balmy California sunshine, reenacting for the camera their baddest badminton moves.
Available as a matted or framed Photographic Print. The archival print is 13" x 20", signed and dated. It is mounted behind a matting window (outside dimension 16" x 22") and bonded to a 3/8" Foamcore backing. Matted print comes in a clear plastic protective sleeve.
The Framed Print comes in a handsome black-satin frame, and Conservation Clear low-reflective glass for optimum viewing.
The Poster is printed on quality poster paper. Size 24"W x 36"H. It is delivered rolled upin a shipping tube, ready to mount or hang however you like.
50% of all proceeds benefits the Nelson-Atkins Museum.