Jeff Koons is easily one of the most revered visual artists on the planet, but will soon expand his artistic reach beyond earth with an NFT project aimed at the moon. The artist’s first-ever NFT collection titled “Jeff Koons: Moon Phases” will see him send some of his signature works out into the cosmos. In teaming up with Pace Verso–the Web3 arm of Pace Gallery–the duo fashioned a set of works inspired by humans’ endless fascination with the moon.
A group of sculptures–coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the United States’s last crewed trip to the moon–will be launched into space from the Kennedy Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. They will be the first-ever authorized artworks to be placed on the surface of the moon, and will be stored in a transparent and thermally coated miniature satellite known as a CubeSat.
“I wanted to create a historically meaningful NFT project rooted in humanistic and philosophical thought. Our achievements in space represent the limitless potential of humanity,” Koons said in a statement. “Space explorations have given us a 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.”
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