Artwork on the Moon
Several pieces of art have been left on the moon during the missions to its surface. These are the two that I'm aware of, though there may be more:
— a tiny piece of ceramic wafer on which six artists (Robert Rauschenberg, David Novros, John Chamberlain, Claes Oldenburg, Forrest Myers, and Andy Warhol) drew pictures. It was attached to a leg of the Intrepid landing module (though this was never confirmed by NASA) which landed on the moon and was left there in November 1969. Warhol contributed the rocket/penis in the upper-left corner.
— An aluminum sculpture of a humanoid figure that's supposed to represent an astronaut in a spacesuit. It was left on the surface of the moon on August 1, 1971, next to a plaque listing astronauts and cosmonauts who died in the advancement of space exploration.
So we've left a picture of a penis on the moon, as well as a sexless humanoid figure. I wonder if this will confuse future alien archaeologists who find the art.
Listed in chronological order. Newest comments at the end.
Leave it to Warhol to be lazy and take a cheap shot. His technical skills (especially early on) were considerable, but celebrity spoiled him. His 'art' degenerated into the gutter-profanity of the second-rate insult comic.
Posted by tadchem on 12/03/12 at 10:21 AM
I wonder if this will confuse future alien archaeologists who find the art?
No, Alex, they've been watching the whole thing unfold.
Posted by Expat47 in Xanth on 12/03/12 at 10:36 AM
At least Warhol can still get his work to stand out of the six enough to be the one we talk about. Who was the lazy sap who put a single straight line as their contribution?
Posted by Miles on 12/03/12 at 11:40 AM
I see Flesh (not Flash) Gordon's spaceship.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 12/03/12 at 12:17 PM
Are they sure that the face down figure just hasn't had a little too much to drink?
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 12/03/12 at 12:47 PM
Back in 1965 I was making my own gun powder to make rockets. Yes kiddies, a 15 year old could buy bomb supplies with no eyebrows raised!
To fund my experiments, I sold very large firecrackers. One buyer threw his in the air. It landed on the roof and rolled into the rain gutter! Did I mention they were large?
Posted by BMN on 12/03/12 at 01:37 PM
So you were like the neighbor kid in Toy Story BMN? Pick out any 6 high school kids and you get just as good or better artwork.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 12/03/12 at 09:17 PM
I love the Moon Museum, seen it with my own eyes.
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