Our eagle-eyed Curators have been around the galaxy, perusing art near and far. From infinity and beyond, this “Lunar Legacy” collection is inspired by the multimedia creative arts archive that will be heading to space this week.
The art archive is set to jet to the moon as part of a permanent installation that is to remain stationed on its silvery surface. Called the Lunar Codex, the archive is a digitized collection of contemporary art, poetry, magazines, music, film, podcasts, and books from 157 countries. It was started by physicist and author Samuel Peralta in collaboration with Canadian technology company Incandence.
Please enjoy this grouping which expresses all things celestial. These selected pieces celebrate work by contemporary artists, artists from whom Kalisher has commissioned work, and custom creations by Kalisher’s talented team of studio artists.
Fallen Astronaut (above) is a 3.5-inch aluminum sculpture created by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck. It is a stylized figure of an astronaut in a spacesuit, intended to commemorate the astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the advancement of space exploration. It was commissioned and placed on the Moon by the crew of Apollo 15 at Hadley Rille on August 2, 1971. The crew kept the memorial’s existence a secret until after completing their mission.
You can read more about the archive that will be sent to the moon here.