Stand By For Take Off – We Are Now Launching Art To The Moon

In 2020, while the rest of us were playing the hunger games with our fridge doors, Sacha Jafri set the Guinness World Record for the largest canvas ever to be painted on.Now in 2023, Jafri has set his sights higher. Higher as in the moon. There is a plan to launch a plaque of gold with the engraving of a male and a female figure surrounded by hearts.

Although the idea may sound novel, Jafri is one of many to send art to space. In 1977, the Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with a copper phonograph disk called a “golden record” containing images, sounds from nature and music, aboard each.

However, where the idea behind the 1977 “golden record” was to give any intelligent life form the craft might encounter a taste of life on Earth, the concept behind Jafri’s work is more philosophical and humanitarian. Jafri himself has said that his work is in the hope that we, as humans, would rise together by focusing on the five pillars that would allow humanity to thrive – universality, consciousness, connection, empathy and equality. And so his work is aptly named “We Rise Together – By the Light of the Moon.”The gold plate (that, this time around, is actually gold) is set to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the first week of March and land on the moon in the same month. There is a plan in place that once the piece lands on the moon, NFTs will be auctioned off, and all the proceeds donated to humanitarian works.

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