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marsbug
2014-May-28, 08:31 PM
I'm not totally sure where this belongs, as it isn't technically exploration: Art installation, House on the moon. (http://www.space.com/26031-moonhouse-project-moon-art-installation.html)

What do people think of the idea of using a space/off world environment to as a part of a piece of artwork? Assuming the cash is forthcoming (donations or private money), would you have any ideas along the same theme?

I'll admit this is an general idea (along with microgravity theatre on the ISS) that has intrigued me for a while. I had an idea as a kid for a rock garden on Mars, built by a small rover: Not terribly useful in terms of space exploration or development, but a potentially interesting technical challenge and a unique piece by virtue of its location. What does the forum think?

KaiYeves
2014-May-29, 01:44 AM
There was an art show of sorts on Mir. (http://www.ikono.org/2013/11/cosmic-dancer-first-art-show-in-earth-orbit-on-mir-space-station/) The Fallen Astronaut (http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?object=nasm_A19860035000) statue is also considered the first work of art on the moon. So there is a precedent, and I'm all for it, if we're really talking about expansion of human culture into space, then art should certainly be a part of it.

Romanus
2014-May-29, 04:45 AM
I think it's really cool. The concept kind of has a "Spiral Jetty" appeal; it's one of my favorite works less because it looks cool (though it does), and more because that if it's left alone it could remain recognizable for thousands of years, long after Robert Smithson is less than a footnote in history. Similar small projects could do a lot to get more people interested in the Moon.

ravens_cry
2014-May-29, 05:33 AM
I think origami could achieve amazing things in space, especially as a 'folk art' by people actually living in space to add a little beauty to their work and living areas. As long as people have been people, we've done things to make the places we live beautiful, turning them from simple shelter into homes. Space will be no different.

NEOWatcher
2014-May-29, 12:06 PM
I think it's cool and a neat way for inspiration, but how far do we go for cool and inspiration? It's expensive.

It equates to more than half the budget of the National Endowments of the Arts.
It's twice what people have invested for a 15 minute ride to space.

If they can do it with private money alone, that's fine by me.

Personally, I think the Apollo landers were a piece of art.

Squink
2014-May-29, 03:18 PM
Art installation, House on the moon. (http://www.space.com/26031-moonhouse-project-moon-art-installation.html)Excellent plan, but I worry; who is going to mow the lawn?

marsbug
2014-May-29, 08:36 PM
There was an art show of sorts on Mir. (http://www.ikono.org/2013/11/cosmic-dancer-first-art-show-in-earth-orbit-on-mir-space-station/) The Fallen Astronaut (http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?object=nasm_A19860035000) statue is also considered the first work of art on the moon. So there is a precedent, and I'm all for it, if we're really talking about expansion of human culture into space, then art should certainly be a part of it.

I learn something new every time I come here! The fallen astronaut is an especially true example, as it's both very cool, very sad, and very very very long lived! Which is another attraction of the moon as a home for art.. if you have the money! Showing off that you have the money may be yet another to some folk....

marsbug
2014-May-31, 06:48 PM
On a vaugely similar theme: Near space tourist company want's your artwork! (http://worldviewexperience.com/leaveyourmark/)

publiusr
2014-May-31, 08:11 PM
What I would like to do, is to have the stump descent module of Apollo 11 LEM serve as a stand for three lifesize statues of the Apollo 11 crew.