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Re-Used Props - Decoration
by
Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider

Decorative Windows - Wall Art - Sculptures

 

Many props and pieces of decoration in Star Trek were later modified or even recycled without changes to represent items for a different purpose or of another civilization. Here are quite a few examples of art, cult objects and decoration. Please note that every statement made here should be taken with a grain of salt. There is no need to seek for explanations. Certainly we are not supposed to watch closely enough to notice that the same artifacts are on display in distant corners of the galaxy.

 

Decorative Windows

Window in Riva's hall & in the Uxbridge house The same window can be seen on Riva's home planet in TNG: "Loud as a Whisper" (with a rectangular frame) and in the Uxbridge house on Delta Rana IV in TNG: "The Survivors" (with a round frame).


Window in Riva's hall in TNG: "Loud as a Whisper"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Window in Uxbridge house in TNG: "The Survivors"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Window on Rekag-Seronia & Arkaria The Arkaria Base is full of stolen artifacts. ;-) Even the windows are not original. They are taken from the planet Rekag-Seronia (TNG: "Man of the People"). Annorax has the same window on his weapon ship.


Rekag-Seronia window in TNG: "Man of the People"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Window on Arkaria in TNG: "Starship Mine"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Annorax' window in VOY: "Year of Hell"

(screen capture by Jörg)

On a different note, the statue on the left on Rekag-Seronia is not really of alien origin. It is a Buddhist statue known as Vidradhaka.

Four-part window The window in the guest quarters of the research station in TNG: "A Matter of Perspective" reappears on Qo'noS in "Sins of the Father".


Station window in TNG: "A Matter of Perspective"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Klingon window in TNG: "Sins of the Father"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Yellow-red window The Cardassians and Klingons share a predilection for colorful window glass. The same window can be seen in Enabran Tain's house in DS9: "The Wire" and in Grillka's house in DS9: "The House of Quark".


Cardassian window in DS9: "The Wire"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Klingon window in DS9: "The House of Quark"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Cardassian window We can see a colorful Cardassian-style window (with the colors resembling those of the Cardassian emblem) aboard Dreadnought in VOY: "Dreadnought" and in the holodeck simulation of VOY: "Nothing Human". But the Mari in the Delta Quadrant are very fond of Cardassian style too (VOY: "Random Thoughts"), just not of the colors.


Cardassian window in two episodes

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mari window in VOY: "Random Thoughts"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Colorful window One of the most recent re-used bits is a window which appeared in "Star Trek Nemesis" as well as in ENT: "Exile".


Shinzon's window in "Star Trek Nemesis"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tarquin's window in ENT: "Exile"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Wall Art

Hexagonal plate A hexagonal metallic checker plate that we know as a tray on the Enterprise in TOS: "Journey to Babel" and as a wall decoration on Deep Space K-7 in "The Trouble with Tribbles" also shows up on the Romulan ship in "The Enterprise Incident", as well as on Elba II in "Whom Gods Destroy" and finally on Gideon in "The Mark of Gideon".


Hexagonal tray in TOS: "Journey to Babel"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Wall decoration in TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

Wall decoration in TOS: "The Enterprise Incident"

(screen capture by Michael Minnick)

Wall emblem in TOS: "The Mark of Gideon"

(screen capture by Bernd)

Shield The same shield-like decoration adorns the walls in Mudd's throne room in TOS: "I, Mudd" and in Mr. Lurry's office in TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles".


Shield beside Mudd's throne in TOS: "I, Mudd"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Lurry's shield in TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Klingon "X" An illuminated "X", either in red or in white, is a design element that often shows up in Klingon buildings in TNG episodes, like "Sins of the Father", "The Mind's Eye" or  "Redemption I+II". It first appeared on Bre'el IV in "Déjà Q", however.


"X" in TNG: "Déjà Q"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

"X" in TNG: "Sins of the Father"

(screen capture by Jörg)

"X" in TNG: "The Mind's Eye"

(screen capture by Jörg)

"X" in TNG: "Redemption II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mural The mural or wall relief featuring circles and lines, seen at one end of the Farpoint Station shopping mall, was later seen again in "Justice" in the Edo building and in "Loud as a Whisper" in Riva's hall on Ramatis III.


Mural in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mural in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Mural in TNG: "Loud as a Whisper"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Round relief The ribbed round wall decoration seen in the Great Hall on Angel I in TNG: "Angel One" appears in later episodes as well. It first re-appears on Qo'noS in "Redemption I+II", then on the Scimitar in "Star Trek Nemesis" and is finally seen in the corridor leading to the Xindi Council chambers in ENT: "The Council".


Relief in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Relief in TNG: "Redemption I"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Relief in TNG: "Redemption II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Relief in "Star Trek Nemesis"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Relief in ENT: "The Council"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Oblong relief The same relief can be seen on Banea in "Ex Post Facto" and later as a Krenim artifact on Kyana Prime in "Year of Hell".


Relief on Banea in VOY: "Ex Post Facto"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Krenim relief in VOY: "Year of Hell"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Relief tiles Wall reliefs consisting of tiles with a quadratic pattern appear in Riva's house in TNG: "Loud as a Whisper" and are later seen again on Angosia in "The Hunted", on Kataan in "The Inner Light" and on Vulcan in "Gambit, Part II".


Relief tiles in TNG: "Loud as a Whisper"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Relief tiles in TNG: "The Hunted"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Relief tiles in TNG: "The Inner Light"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Relief tiles in TNG: "Gambit, Part II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Pentagonal relief This relief first appears in Mila's house on Cardassia Prime in DS9: "What You Leave Behind" and later in T'Pol's quarters in ENT: "Fusion".


Cardassian relief in DS9: "What You Leave Behind"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vulcan relief in ENT: "Fusion"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vulcan wall ornament An shield-like relief can be seen in Tuvok's quarters in VOY: "Meld" as well as on the Vulcan ship Vahklas in ENT: "Fusion" and in the Vulcan conference room in ENT: "Stigma". The same piece of decoration appears in ENT: "A Night in Sickbay" in the background of the Kreetassan official and on the wall at the place of Archer's strange lumberjack performance. Here the use of the shield suggests that it is not just decoration but an official Kreetassan emblem. The Vulcan script has been accordingly removed. We can see the shield one last time in the hallway of the Vulcan High Command in ENT: "Kir'Shara". The Vulcan inscription has not been restored but has been replaced with a blue light.


Vulcan ornament in VOY: "Meld"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Vulcan ornament in ENT: "Fusion"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vulcan ornament in ENT: "Stigma"

(screen capture by TrekCore)
 

Kreetassan emblem in ENT: "A Night in Sickbay"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Kreetassan emblem in ENT: "A Night in Sickbay"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vulcan ornament in ENT: "Kir'Shara"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

"Wall clock" A sculpture resembling a wall clock can be seen in TNG: "Unification" on Romulus. The same decoration reappears on the Arkaria Base in TNG: "Starship Mine", in Mr. Mot's salon on the Enterprise-D in TNG: "Schisms" and on two other occasions on the Enterprise, in "Violations" and in a parallel universe in TNG: "Parallels". Later on the "clock" is also visible in VOY: "Ex Post Facto" and "Jetrel".


Romulan decoration in TNG: "Unification"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Decoration on Arkaria in TNG: "Starship Mine"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Decoration in Mot's salon in TNG: "Schisms"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Decoration on Enterprise-D in TNG: "Violations"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Decoration on Enterprise-D in TNG: "Parallels"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Banean decoration in VOY: "Ex Post Facto"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Decoration in Neelix's quarters in VOY: "Jetrel"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Malcorian "clock" A Malcorian piece of art, looking slightly like a clock, will also be seen in Spock's quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-A in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country".


Malcorian "clock" in TNG: "First Contact"

(screen capture by Jörg) 

"Clock" in Spock's quarters in "Star Trek VI"

(screen capture by Jörg)

J'naii emblem The J'naii emblem from TNG: "The Outcast" appears in Deanna's quarters on the Romulan Warbird Khazara in TNG: "Face of the Enemy".


J'naii emblem in TNG: "The Outcast"

(screen cap by Jörg)

J'naii emblem in TNG: "Face of the Enemy"

(screen capture)

Ventaxian tapestry The Ventaxian homeworld in TNG: "Devil's Due" is decorated with swiveled quadratic shapes all over, including several tapestries with this characteristic pattern. Tapestries of Ventaxian origin reappear on the Mari homeworld in VOY: "Random Thoughts" and even on Romulus in TNG: "Unification". The Ventaxian pattern can also be seen on Vulcan tapestries in ENT: "The Andorian Incident" and "Stigma".


Ventaxian tapestries in TNG: "Devil's Due"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Tapestry on Romulus in TNG: "Unification"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mari Tapestry in VOY: "Random Thoughts"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Tapestry in ENT: "Stigma"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Eagle tapestry A tapestry with an eagle depiction can be seen in TNG: "Brothers", TNG: "Firstborn" and, years later, in ENT: "Stigma". This is already the third re-used piece of decoration in the same scene of the latter episode.


Eagle tapestry in TNG: "Brothers"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Eagle tapestry in TNG: "Firstborn"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Eagle tapestry in ENT: "Stigma"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

Bird tapestry Another tapestry featuring depictions of birds can be seen in Soong's lab in TNG: "Brothers". This tapestry is later seen in T'Pol's quarters aboard Enterprise NX-01 in "E2" and in T'Les' house on Vulcan in "Home". As can be seen in the screen caps from Enterprise, the smaller rectangular piece of cloth was integrated into a larger tapestry between "Brothers" and the third season of Enterprise.


Bird tapestry in TNG: "Brothers"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Bird tapestry in ENT: "E^2"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Bird tapestry in ENT: "Home"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Morn's painting It is quite common to re-use props although in their second appearance they are supposed to represent something very different. Exactly the contrary happens with the painting of a matador that Morn purchases in DS9: "In the Cards". It is shown again in DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn", but while the arrangement is essentially the same, the different details reveal that is has been repainted, perhaps from scratch because the old version was not available anymore.


Morn's matador painting in DS9: "In the Cards"

(screen capture by Jörg)

The same painting in DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn"

(screen capture by Jörg)

 

Sculptures

Eagle statue An eagle statue is visible in the background of Q's courtroom in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint". The courtroom is somewhat different in TNG: "All Good Things" (it seems even Q doesn't pay as much attention to details as Trek fans ;-)), but the eagle statue is the same. It also appears in Karnas' command room in TNG: "Too Short a Season" (two of them) and in the bar on Qualor II in TNG: "Unification, part 2".


Q's eagle statue in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Karnas' eagles in TNG: "Too Short a Season"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Eagle statue in bar in TNG: "Unification, Part II"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Q's eagle statue in TNG: "All Good Things"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Bird statue A stylized bird statue can be seen in the simulation of the Klingon painstick ritual in TNG: "The Icarus Factor". The same statue later appears in Marla Aster's apartment in TNG: "The Bonding". She seems to have been fond of Klingon artwork. The bird, like many other familiar artifacts (just read on), can also be found on the Arkaria Base and on Ronara. Even Annorax seems to be fond of its timeless design, just as he already liked the window (see above).


Klingon statue in TNG: "The Icarus Factor"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Statue in Aster's apartment in TNG: "The Bonding"
(screen capture by Jörg)

Bird statue on Arkaria in TNG: "Starship Mine"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Bird statue on Ronara in TNG: "Preemptive Strike"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Annorax' bird statue in VOY: "Year of Hell"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Helix statue A statue with a characteristic helix shape can be seen on Deneb IV in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint" and on Angel One. Years later, the same prop shows up on Yadera II in the Gamma Quadrant as part of Rurigan's holographic illusion (DS9: "Shadowplay"). On a funny note, the statue also appears in "Galaxy Quest".


Helix on Deneb in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Helix on Angel One in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Yaderan Helix in DS9: "Shadowplay"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Helix in "Galaxy Quest"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Snail sculpture The snail shell sculpture from TNG: "Haven" later appears in "Angel One" on the eponymous planet.


Snail sculpture in TNG: "Haven"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Snail sculpture in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Head statue This statue is composed of some round shapes on a stick, perhaps meant to roughly resemble a humanoid head. It can be seen for the first time on Rubicun III, the planet of the Edo, in TNG: "Justice". But the same statue appears on the highly advanced planet Aldea too (TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"), as well as in a woman's quarters on the Enterprise-D (TNG: "The Outrageous Okona"), on Gravesworld (TNG: "The Schizoid Man") and later in Data's quarters (TNG: "The Measure of a Man", "The Offspring", "Clues"). Maybe Data inherited the statue from his "grandpa" Dr. Ira Graves? The Uxbridges have the same statue in TNG: "The Survivors".


Edo statue in TNG: "Justice"

(screen capture by Jörg)
  

Aldean statue in TNG: "When the Bough Breaks"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Statue in TNG: "The Outrageous Okona"

(screen capture by TrekCore)

 

Graves' statue in TNG: "The Schizoid Man"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Data's statue in TNG: "The Measure of a Man"

(screen capture by Jörg)

The Uxbridges' statue in TNG: "The Survivors"

(screen capture by Jörg)

We can see the statue at least once in another Trek series, on the homeworld of the Mari, the notorious prop thieves (VOY: "Random Thoughts").


Mari statue in VOY: "Random Thoughts"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Horn statue The horn statue behind Crusher in TNG: "Lonely Among Us" was seen again in several more episodes. It appeared in Quark's quarters in "Melora" and was one of Nog's possessions he tried to sell before enrolling in Starfleet Academy in "Little Green Men". It was later seen in Martok's quarters on DS9 in "Once More Unto the Breach". 


Horn statue in TNG: "Lonely Among Us"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Horn statue in DS9: "Melora"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Horn statue in DS9: "Little Green Men"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Horn statue in DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Cone/ball statue The same sculpture of a red ball on a yellow cone is seen on Starbase 515 in TNG: "Samaritan Snare" and on Rutia IV in TNG: "The High Ground".


Statue TNG: "Samaritan Snare"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Statue in TNG: "The High Ground"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Humanoid statue A stylized humanoid figure could be seen on Kataan in TNG: "The Inner Light", as well as on the unnamed "Polaric Power Planet" in VOY: "Time and Again".


Kataanian statue in TNG: "The Inner Light"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Alien statue in VOY: "Time and Again"

(screen capture by Jörg)

This statue is actually anything but modern art but a replica of an ancient statue from the Cyclades (2800-2300 B.C.).

Basotile The basotile in Fajo's collection in TNG: "The Most Toys" doesn't seem to be as rare as he thinks. The prop was also seen in Deep Space 9's assay office in "Necessary Evil", in the Symbiosis Commission building on the Trill homeworld in "Equilibrium" and in Bahrat's office aboard the space station close to the Nekrit Expanse in "Fair Trade".


Basotile in TNG: "The Most Toys"

(screen capture by Jörg)
 

Sculpture in DS9: "Necessary Evil"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Sculpture in DS9: "Equilibrium"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Sculpture in VOY: "Fair Trade"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Irregular stele Two irregularly shaped steles were originally created for "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" where they could be seen in the Federation Council Hall, painted silver in the movie. They reappeared on Deneb IV in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint" and, after the TNG pilot episode, in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier", standing in front of the Paradise Inn on Nimbus III. 


Steles in "Star Trek IV"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Steles in TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint"

(screen capture by Jörg)


Steles in "Star Trek V"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Meditation crystal The Albeni meditation crystal from TNG: "Angel One" begins a new life (literally) as an alien embryonic lifeform in "Q-less".


Meditation crystal in TNG: "Angel One"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Lifeform in TNG: "Q-less"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Window emblem An emblem in a shop window on the Barkonian homeworld in TNG: "Thine Own Self" is re-used as some sort of mobile to cheer up Neelix while he has to rest in the isotropic restraint in VOY: "The Phage".


Barkonian emblem in TNG: "Thine Own Self"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Mobile in VOY: "The Phage"

(screen capture by Jörg)

Vulcan fire pit The ring around the Vulcan fire pit in TOS: "Amok Time" reappears as some sort of altar for the "séance" in TOS: "Wolf in the Fold". The ring seems to have been repainted but has still the same alien script on it.


Vulcan fire pit in TOS: "Amok Time"

(screen capture by Lin)

Argelian altar in TOS: "Wolf in the Fold"

(screen capture by Lin)

 

More about Set Decoration

Re-Used Props - Furniture - tables, chairs, lamps, other furniture

Re-Used Props - Various Objects - musical instruments, tableware and vases

Galleries - Various Objects - art, bottles, containers, holograms, etc.

 

Credits

Thanks go to AJ Halliwell for pointing us to the Vulcan wall decoration and the eagle tapestry and to Alexander Baier, Ciarán D, Jan Kockrow, Lin Jingqiu, Marçal, Shawn Havery and Michael Minnick for spotting some more of the props.

 


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