Next month Heritage Auctions are running the "Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction", and among the items on offer are numerous Star Trek production assets, most notably and excitingly, including loads and loads of original matte paintings and matte painting concept art.
It's a real treasure trove of artwork, allowing us a rare expanded look at some of the most icon planetscapes in Trek, and plenty of planets-of-the-week too, from TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise, and movies! Continue below to check out the incredible artwork on offer.
DS9 is well represented in the auction, with some of the most familiar pieces being the major planets of the series. This includes two matte paintings depicting Bajor.
This first painting, by Robert Stromberg, established the look the planet surface from the very start, in Emissary, and was used frequently throughout the series thereafter right up the final episode What You Leave Behind. It was typically shown in a panning shot, with a foreground element adding an extra tower and giving a greater sense of depth.
In Emissary the painting depicts a wrecked Bajor, with rubble and collapsed bridges left by the departing Cardassians. Later appearances show the healthier beautiful world of the artwork in the auction. Throughout the series the same painting was used with tweaked colours to show different weather and times of day; even a night-time version in dark blue. The images here are composites of those panning shots from the 4:3 format series:
A sun element was lit from behind the painting through a hole with a filter added. A rare situation arose when the heat from that singular light, combined with the relatively cool temperature across the rest of the glass, caused the painting to crack during filming. To save the painted sky during filming, technicians reinforced the glass from behind with Masonite and minor touchups were done with paint. Because the crack remained behind the foreground glass, shooting continued without delay.
A second ruined city concept by Dutton is presumably for this episode too, although Heritage haven't pinned down its origins in their listing:
In happy times in the 24th century, Betazed is another garden planet depicted via a lush matte painting.