Hiro and the Dinosaur (painting)
|Hiro and the Dinosaur (painting)|
Hiro confronts a dinosaur in a painting by Isaac Mendez.
|Owned by:||Isaac Mendez|
|Current status:||Delivered to Linderman's archives by Hiro.|
In his first act of prophetic painting without using drugs, Isaac follows Hiro's advice to "concentrate". At the Midland Motel, he falls into one of his prophetic trances. Hiro and Ando later see the image emerging as the painting nears completion: Hiro appears to be using a sword to fend off an attacking dinosaur.
At the Museum of Natural History, Hiro sees a giant model dinosaur while time is slowed down. Before leaving the museum, he takes a moment to square off in front of the fake dinosaur and brandish his fake sword, echoing the figures in the painting. Later, in Isaac's apartment, Simone tells Hiro that Mr. Linderman is a client of hers. She rolls up the painting, gives it to Hiro, and tells him that she can arrange for him to meet Mr. Linderman.
Hiro's father, Kaito, tries to dissuade Hiro from his mission by tearing up the painting. Hiro recovers the pieces and tries to fit them back together.
Hiro carries the torn painting, rolled up, to the Montecito Casino.
- Some feel this prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. Hiro did stand in front of the dinosaur model at the museum and brandish the sword he got from the display case, but he was holding a sheathed replica with no blade inside, while the painting appears to show a real, unsheathed blade. Hiro's blog posits that perhaps the absence of heroin caused a difference: "In Mr. Isaku's painting, there was a picture of myself fighting a dinosaur. Was that it? My sword was still in the scabbard but I remember the sword was unsheathed in the painting. Maybe Mr. Isaku's vision isn't as clear when he isn't on drugs. He hallucinates when he's not on hallucinogens. Strange." In an interview, however, writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite seemed to imply that this prophecy was fulfilled in Godsend.
- In a forum post, Tim Sale, the real life artist of the painting, states that he believes he painted a Carnotaurus. He used a dinosaur model from the La Brea Tar Pits exhibit in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This museum is also the real world shooting location for the Museum of Natural History.
- corinthianlasvegas.com lists the name of this painting as Man vs. Beast.
- Tim Sale said, "This is [one] of my favorite pieces—-it's like an old monster comic."
- The painting appears in New York City at Isaac's apartment at the same time that Hiro carries the ripped pieces of the painting on his back in Primm, NV. This has been confirmed as a continuity error by Jeph Loeb in Unexpected's episode commentary.
- Some have noted that the painting mirrors Hiro's desk at Yamagato Industries. Hiro kept an action figure posed with a sword, ready to fight Godzilla.
- Some have also noted that the image of Hiro fighting a dinosaur resembles the painting Isaac created of a small man facing the enormous Uluru.
- According to an NBC auction, the piece measures 48 1/4" × 35 3/4" × 1 1/2".
Isaac begins work on the new painting.
Isaac paints an image of Hiro wielding a sword and confronting a dinosaur.
Hiro and Ando look at the pieces of the painting.
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9th Wonders! (gallery) • Exploding Man • Hiro and the Dinosaur • Homecoming Series • Invisibility Series • Isaac Dead Series • Isaac's sketchbooks • The missing painting • Mona Lisa • Series of eight • Uluru • World Splitting in Half
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