Jeff Koons Moon Series

Jeff Koons Moon Series will include the famous artists first ever NFT collection | Source: Jeff Koons

Out of This World: Jeff Koons is Sending Sculptures to the Surface of the Moon

Could anyone other than the world’s wealthiest and most well-known artist make an NFT artwork debut that is, quite literally, out of this world? Probably not.

Known for his outlandish artistic spectacles, including his A$124.63 million sculpture Rabbit, Jeff Koons may be about to out-do himself.

His latest project coming this year aims to send sculptures, and accompanying NFTs, to the Moon.

It’s Koons’ first-ever NFT project titled “Moon Phases” and it’s the first time any artwork has been given the green light to land on the surface of the moon. That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for crypto art.

I wanted to create a historically meaningful NFT project rooted in humanistic and philosophical thought. 

Jeff Koons

One of the most well-known generation defining modern artists, Koons’ series of space-bound sculptures will be accompanied by corresponding NFTs initiated by Patrick Colangelo of NFMoon and presented for sale by Pace Verso.

The proceeds from the NFT sales will be donated to French medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Pace Verso
Pace Verso is a platform for minting, exhibiting, and collecting NFTs

A fully autonomous mission, the artworks will travel to the lunar surface later this year via an Intuitive Machines Nova-C Lunar Lander launched from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Former NASA Astronaut and current Intuitive Machines Vice President, Jack Fischer said:

Koons’s sculptures, documented by the NFTs and housed in a transparent, thermally coated, sustainably built enclosed art cube, will be the first authorised artworks to be placed on the surface of the Moon, where they will remain in perpetuity.

The module is aiming to touch down in a flattened region of the moon known as the Oceanus Procellarum with the landing site set to become a Lunar Landing Heritage Site.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of America’s last manned space mission. Koons stated that his Moon Series is a “continuation and celebration” of “humanity’s aspirational accomplishments.”

Our achievements in space represent the limitless potential of humanity. 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.”

While the project has it’s own dedicated website, so far there’s no indication as to what the design or appearance of both the physical and digital artworks will entail.

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