Created by Margaret Klute from Portland, Oregon
Title: Klute Crater
Dream Theme: Science / Technology
Materials: Cotton fabric and batting
Techniques: Photo printing on fabric, machine appliqué, piecing and quilting
and caught a trace of him there.
I am reading about bombs.
and the secret city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
I am reading about rockets.
and Warner Von Braun.
and the race to the moon.
My father didn’t go to the moon.
but he tried to get others there.
and his name is there.
His work was first about airplane engines.
then purifying uranium to make atomic bombs.
then modeling three dimensional elasticity.
then designing combustion stability in
the chambers of the Saturn V rocket.
And then to end it all all.
there was some kind of explosion.
in the chambers of his heart.
More than one.
And so I cannot get to him.
I sift through the blast debris just for a trace.
This was an educational and emotionally rewarding process for me as I researched about my father’s career, and gathered family photos and documents. I finished sewing the panel in 2011, and planned to send it then as a part of the ‘closure’ process, but found I could not part with it. I have since finished making an exact replica, which I will keep in my home.
Image Captions and Sources:
1. My Father’s Rocketdyne business card.
2. My mother, Frances Klute receiving the NASA Public Service Award from Warner von Braun in May, 1965.
3. My fathers Dissertation defense announcement, University of California, June, 1950.
4. My parents on their wedding day, May 8, 1945.
5. My father with my brother Mike at graduation from UC Berkeley, June, 1950.
6. My father equipped for hiking with camera and binoculars in Death Valley, California, ~1960.
7. F-1 Engine at Kennedy Space Center. (NASA)*
8. The nine Klute children in our backyard in Granada Hills, California, 1963.
9. Me with my parents in May, 1964, about 4 months before my father died.
10. The Klute children and extended families at a family wedding in July, 2009.
11. A montage of Saturn V launches, 1967 – 1973. (NASA)*
12. Location of Klute Crater on the moon.
13. NASA Lunar Chart, Sky and Telescope magazine, Vol. 40, No. 5, November 1980.
14. F-1 Engine diagram. (NASA)*
15. View of the Saturn V looking in the 5 F-1 engines. (NASA)*
(NASA)* – Public domain images from NASA, via Wikipedia.
All other images are from family photos and documents.