Tuesday, June 7, 2011
9" x 14" edition of 6 on archival paper
Signed and numbered
Installation in Joshua Tree, California installed June 3, 2011.
Made out of wood, canvas, paint, spray paint, some souped-up Converse Earth boots, an earth-grade fish bowl and a lot of duct tape, Ralph the Moon Man made his first visit to Earth to plant a moon flag in payback to the American flags planted on the moon. This photograph of the momentous event is evidence that this happened and a harbinger that it may happen again, at any time.
Art for the people of Earth!
Here are some installation shots:
Thursday, June 2, 2011
There are six American flags on the surface of the moon, one for every Apollo landing and base that was set up during the missions to the moon.
The original flag cost $5.50, presumably off a Hardware store shelf. The team who engineered it operated in secrecy, as planting a flag on the moon in the first place was a delicate issue: the United States was side-stepping its own international treaty which "bans the national appropriation of outer space or any celestial bodies."
The waviness in the flag is a result of the faulty telescoping rod on the top, which the flag was sewn around. The astronauts struggled with getting the rod to extend all they way (you can see this in the footage) but did the best they could, hence the ripples in the flag.
Because NASA wanted all of the flags to have a similar look, they engineered the following telescoping rods for each remaining flag to have this flaw, which gives the flag the appearance of waviness.
At this point, there is speculation that the flags are now either bleached white by the sun or possibly were destroyed during the lift off of the lunar module(s).
To see them setting up the first flag:
For more on this, check out this article: