Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Whoa, déjà vu! 
Well, here we are, back together again 'round the ol' Chemitron enjoying Monsanto's Hall of Chemistry at Disneyland!

 This is the finished color artwork for a 1955 newspaper supplement describing the attractions in Walt Disney's brand new showplace.

If you're joining us for the first time, please scroll down a few posts to see the original pencil layout sketches for these very same paintings.

Disneyland Chemitron Illustration Detail

Something I had not noticed before: the Eight Basic Elements appear to be holding hands! Perhaps Monsanto intended to portray the Elements as a group of old chums, a team of friends working hand-in-hand for the benefit of modern man.  Or maybe they're challenging Tomorrowland visitors to a game of Red Rover.

Disneyland Chemitron Illustrations

I'll be sharing more original art from this series in the weeks to come, so drop by again soon, won't you?


Progressland said...

I like the expression of the hatted guy on the right. He couldn't help but break out a smile at finally (finally!) seeing the Eight Basic Elements personified.

Biblioadonis aka George said...


Those are great!

Major Pepperidge said...

I wonder if those cool sculptures were destroyed when the exhibit was closed? I hate to think of them being smashed into little pieces...!