Lunar Horizon originated from a collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and ArtScience Interfaculty at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), as part of the Space Art program. ESA is pushing their plan to build a lunar village close to the south pole of the moon, while the conceptual design of the village being drawn up, a couple of ArtScientists were asked to imagine what could this settlement mean.
Imagining the sights of those who will be the first settlers on the moon, a land devoid of human creations, yet. A scene stitched together with miles after miles of rough stone surfaces, an endless stretch in front of the eyes, a horizon yet seen and barely imagined. And that sight is the starting point to understand a new world.
The Blue Marble have left its deep mark on humanity, with people still debating the effect it had on our attitude towards the earth.
“The blue marble was an iconic image because it perfectly represented the human condition of living on an island in the universe, with all the frailty an island ecosystem is prey to. People are particularly moved by images, in part because we have evolved to have our visual system as our primary sensory input, but also because an image can be retained easily in the mind’s eye, and so forms the stuff of memory. The right image, offered at the right time, can have effects far greater than those imagined by the one creating it.“
A sight is the beginning of a world view, a horizon marks where we are bound for. To venture beyond the horizon is the language we use for exploration. In order to study the influence of seeing lunar horizon can have, I gathered 3d information from different sources to construct a model depicting the horizon looking from the south pole landing site.
With the 3d model, a diorama is designed to show the lunar horizon, however, the project had to be cancelled due to my illness. Unfinished paper and model design now sits in this corner of the web waiting to be picked up again.