American pop artist Jeff Koons will send the sculpture to the Moon later this year with a spacecraft taking off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the gallery said Tuesday.
Koons, one of the most famous and expensive living artists, is known for kitsch works such as “Ballon Dog” and “Rabbit,” and his work is exhibited in galleries around the world.
His latest project “Moon Phase” consists of a physical sculpture that will be left to remain on the moon’s surface in a heat -coated transparent mini satellite, the Pace Gallery in New York said.
Koons will also create a unique digital version of the sculpture – marking its entry into the lucrative new world of NFT (non -functioning tokens).
The sculptures will travel on the “Nova-C Lunar Lander,” designed by private company Intuitive Machines, and will be placed on the surface of the Moon in the Oceanus Procellarum.
“I wanted to create a historically meaningful NFT project,” said Koons, 67. “Our achievements in outer space represent limitless human potential.”
The gallery did not release details on the number or size of the sculptures heading into space, but said the location would be a lunar heritage site.
It added the project will mark 50 years since the last American crew trip to the Moon.
NASA is targeting May for a test flight of Artemis -1 – an unmanned lunar mission – ahead of the crew’s final landing, probably no earlier than 2026.
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