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Up the Long Ladder - Preliminary Concept Drawing of Clone Pod

From the ST:TNG Season Two Episode "Up the Long Ladder" comes this composite piece of art of a Preliminary Concept Drawing of a Clone Pod of the Mariposans. This is an early drawing of what the first vision of the cloning pod would look like. What is also interesting with this piece of artwork is that the episode name changed. There is a designation in the title info of the piece that the episode name used to contain the word Clones and then a later decision changed it to "Up the Long Ladder". The piece is signed Sternback 3-89 and has the oval cartouche symbol of Japanese characters that spell Sterbach in Japanese. Click on above image for larger image.

The item measures 17" x 11" and has a three hole punch down it's left hand side. The piece is marked TREK "...Clones: ---- now "Up the Long Ladder" Prelim Concept Clone Pod.

About the Episode: While on a mission to resettle the inhabitants of the Ficus Sector, the crew encounters two races each with their own sets of issues. The Bringloidi civilization is a nomadic type of race and the Mariposans are a race of clones created from an original group of 5 people. After visiting the Mariposans Riker and Dr. Pulaski discover that several cells in their bodies are missing and go back to discover that the cells were taken to keep the cell pool alive as their constant cloning from the 5 original members has created an unstable situation and threathens their extinction.

About the artist; Rick Sternbach:
In the late 1970s, accomplished space and science-fiction illustrator Rick Sternbach was selected to design graphic & set elements for the Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Following the success of the Star Trek films, Sternbach was hired to further update the Trek universe for the second Star Trek television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Using the traditional tools of an artist: pencil, marker and pen, as well as computer aided design tools, he created new spacecraft, Tricorders, Phasers, and hundreds of other props and set pieces for the series. He continued in the mid-1990s designing new props for Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Mr. Sternbach also contributed graphic designs for Star Trek: Nemesis, including the new Romulan bird of prey and Senate chamber floor.

Signed lithographs of Mr. Sternbach's Star Trek work go for over $1000.00 on secondary markets. This is a one of a kind drawing!

The collection of Star Trek original art offered on WilliamShatner.com was conceived and hand-drawn by Sternbach during the production of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Many of these pieces have Mr. Sternbach's scene, episode and other notations describing the piece; some are also signed and dated at the lower right corner.


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