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    The Cosmos Archive of Jon Lomberg -
    Carl Sagan's Primary Artistic Collaborator for Sagan's Ground-Breaking Television Series

    [Carl Sagan, association]. Jon Lomberg (b. 1948). Jon Lomberg's Cosmos Archive [Various places, various dates, mainly the period from the mid-70s to the early 80s]. This incredible archive includes sixty-two original signed paintings, drawings, and sketches; forty-seven signed one-of-a-kind prints of special effect paintings used in the series, four signed retouched photos from the series, thirteen sheets of signed storyboards (including dozens of drawings), approximately twenty documents and notes related to the series, production photos, and one stereoscopic viewer with slides testing dimensionality of the "Milky Way Approach" sequence from the series.
    The original artwork is done in acrylics, inks or pencils, in sizes ranging from approximately 9.5 x 11 inches to 15 x 20 inches, on paper, acetate, or board. The signed prints are mainly 11 x 17 inches. Documents and photos are various sizes. Condition is generally near fine.
    This archive includes material from virtually every episode from the series, with much material from the first two episodes ("The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean," and "One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue."). In addition to Lomberg's artwork for Cosmos, this archive contains twenty-five original gouache-on-board full color storyboards for the DNA sequence of "One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue" by Frank Armitage. Storyboard paintings approximately 9 x 7 inches.
    The original artwork is on various subjects, including alternate designs for the logo of Cosmos, alternate designs for the "Spaceship of the Imagination," many different paintings of different types of galaxies and cosmic phenomena, DNA, and a large painting of the Viking Lander on the surface of Mars (approximately 15 x 20 inches). Perhaps one of the most interesting items is the original design sketch of the "Cosmic Calendar," used in the series to illustrate the vast age of the universe (approximately 9 x 12 inches, marker on paper).
    The signed prints illustrate sequences from the show including galaxies (especially the Milky Way) and cosmic phenomena, the Encyclopedia Galactica (Lomberg and Sagan worked together for years envisioning an Encyclopedia Galactica project - the concept being an encyclopedia that would house all of the knowledge in the known universe - the work done on this concept eventually found its way into the twelfth episode of Cosmos, "Encyclopedia Galactica"), "The Great Chain of Being" (illustrating Sagan's guiding ethos of the series - that we are all connected to the entirety of the cosmos), and the famous computer-generated "evolution" sequence, and many more.
    Additionally this archive includes many other related items, including a six-page original typescript by Donald Goldsmith (Astronomer Goldsmith provided Lomberg with technical information about the density wave theory of spiral structure in galaxies, information mainly used by Lomberg for his work on episode seven, "The Backbone of Night), a vinyl record album ("The Music of Cosmos," signed by Lomberg), correspondence from the Emmy Committee to Lomberg, regarding his Primetime Emmy Award (1981, for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Creative Technical Crafts for (Cosmos), and more. Perhaps the most interesting of these items is an original drawing by Carl Sagan of two terms of the Drake Equation for estimating the number of active and communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way (ink on graph paper, approximately 10 x 8 inches): this drawing by Sagan is of two different solar systems (one of which is ours), as well as the terms "Ne" (the number of Earthlike planets) and "fp" (the frequency of planets).
    Jon Lomberg is one of the most accomplished scientific artists of the late twentieth- and early twenty-first centuries. In 1972, Lomberg showed some of his artwork to Sagan, who asked him to illustrate his book, The Cosmic Connection (1973); this led to a twenty-five year collaboration between the two. For Carl Sagan, Lomberg produced work for Cosmos, Broca's Brain (1979), and the cover for Sagan's novel, Contact (1985). His work also includes designing artwork and material for various NASA interstellar exploratory missions, including artwork for the famous "Voyager Golden Records," the gold-plated copper record albums that were mounted in both Voyager spacecraft, each launched by NASA in 1977. It is just possible (though, admittedly, not very likely) that the first images of Earth and Mankind seen by an extraterrestrial civilization will be those done by Lomberg. Lomberg is a founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, and is a member of the Planetary Society advisory council. His many awards include Graphic Design Magazine DESI Award for Nuclear Winter artwork for Parade Magazine (1983), the American Association for the Advancement of Science Best Children's Science book (1996), and, in 1998, the International Astronomical Union officially renamed asteroid 6446 1990QL, "Asteroid Lomberg."


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