Jeff Koons Sculptures on the Moon?

Esculturas de Jeff Koons na Lua?

Today, it was announced that Jeff Koons will be releasing an NFT project in a way that truly embodies the cryptographic spirit: his work literally goes to the moon. Koons has made a series of corresponding sculptures (NFTs) that will land on the moon. While many artworks have been sent into space, this is the first to be approved to land on the surface of the moon. The intention is for the sculptures to remain there forever. The project is titled Phases of the Moon.
“I wanted to create a historically meaningful NFT project rooted in humanistic and philosophical thought,” Koons said in a press release. “Our achievements in space represent the limitless potential of humanity. Space explorations have given us the perspective of our ability to transcend worldly constraints. These ideas are central to my NFT project, which can be understood as a continuation and celebration of humanity's aspirational accomplishments within and beyond our own planet.”

Jeff Koons | P55.ART

The designs for the sculptures have not yet been released, but the plan is for these works to reach the moon in July. The Moon Phases sculptures will land on Oceanus Procellarum after being launched from block 39A at Kennedy Space Center in a fully automated mission orchestrated by private aerospace company Intuitive Machines. The project was kicked off when team members at Intuitive Machines approached Koons' team about the possibility of putting their work on the moon in November. “We got excited really fast,” said Marc Glimcher, president and CEO of Pace Gallery. “The rocket is already on the pad. In fact it was actually supposed to launch in March.” Glimcher described the launch as preparation for a special mission Intuitive Origins is planning for 2024: the first manned launch to the moon since the 1970s, which will supposedly start an era of mining and manufacturing on the moon. But in the meantime, for this relatively smaller project, Intuitive Origins is getting assistance from two spin-off companies, one of which is 4Space. 4Space calls itself a “female-owned space company” that aspires to “advance the sustainability of human life by creating the first self-sustaining multi-industry economy in space”. 4Space is also an official channel partner of Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' aerospace company, which launched Amoako Boafo's paintings into space in August of last year. Another spin-off company, NFMoon, will generate the NFTs themselves. NASA is also assisting the project. Moon Phases NFTs will be available through Pace Verso, Pace Gallery's NFT platform. The land where the sculptures will be exposed will be designated as the first Heritage of the Lunar Landing.

Jeeff Koons | P55.ART

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