Moon Phases: Jeff Koons sends art to the moon

Moon phases
Jeff Koons sends art to the moon

Artwork by Jeff Koons is now on the moon. photo

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He is a superstar of the international art scene; his works are among the most expensive in the world. With his new project, Jeff Koons has achieved a completely different superlative.

Sold his works Jeff Koons repeatedly for record sums, now a creation by the US star artist has landed on the moon. The 125-piece sculpture series “Moon Phases” touched down on the lunar surface on board the lander “Nova-C” on Friday night, as the US space agency Nasa announced.

The 69-year-old is known, among other things, for his “Balloon Dog” sculptures. In 2019, his rabbit sculpture achieved a price record for a work by a living artist at an auction in New York with almost $91.1 million.

From Bowie to Gandhi

The “Moon Phases” series – consisting of 125 mini moons made of stainless steel – depict different phases of the earth’s satellite. They each have a diameter of about 2.5 centimeters. The work of art will be installed in a transparent cube on the moon, as the company Intuitive Machines and the online gallery Pace Verso announced before the mission began. Each moon bears the name of an important person in human history, including Aristotle, David Bowie, Leonardo da Vinci and Gandhi.

“Moon Phases deals with humanity’s global quest beyond Earth into the universe,” Koons explained the work of art on his website. In addition to the sculptures on the moon, a larger version of the “Moon Phases” remains on Earth. It was a “great honor” that his artwork was part of the lunar mission, Koons wrote on Instagram.

Moon becomes a “museum”

However, “Moon Phases” is not the first work of art on Earth’s satellite. A work of art has been lying in the moondust since 1971. At that time, Apollo 15 crew members left behind a small aluminum figure by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck and a memorial plaque for 14 astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the line of duty.

The “Nova-C” lander, nicknamed “Odysseus,” was launched into space about a week ago. With the arrival of “Odysseus” on the moon, a commercial moon landing was successful for the first time in the history of space travel.


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