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Peace Moon Poppies

Alessandro Ravagnan

Peace Moon Poppies

2022

poppy seeds – held together by powdered earth, formed into a cube

1 x 1 x 1 cm

status:

Returned

In 1934, The Peace Pledge Union (UK) designated the white poppy as a symbol for pacifism, seeking to create a global society where war is a crime against humanity. Peace Moon Poppies intends to expand this pacifist pledge towards humanity’s future as a multi-planetary society when one cubic centimeter worth of white poppy seeds are included on a trip to the International Space Station.

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

In 1934, The Peace Pledge Union (UK) designated the white poppy as a symbol for pacifism, seeking to create a global society where war is a crime against humanity. Peace Moon Poppies intends to expand this pacifist pledge towards humanity’s future as a multi-planetary society when one cubic centimeter worth of white poppy seeds are included on a trip to the International Space Station. The poppy seeds – held together by powdered earth, formed into a cube, and then kissed by the cosmos – will be the first generation of Peace Moon Poppies. When back on Earth, these pioneer poppies will grow and bloom to create future generations of poppies, representing a regenerating embodiment for multi-planetary pacifism. Hopefully, future generations of the poppy seeds would reach the Moon in 2025 to act as permanent beacon of non-violence.   

Peace Moon Poppies was born from a cognitive shift in my perception of reality towards universal humanism – a phenomenon similar to one experienced by astronauts when viewing the earth from space, known as the Overview Effect. This shift was initiated by a meditative visual arts practice that fuses pandeist, quantum physics, and Zen Buddhist concepts to represent animate universes in their most minimal 2D form. These 2D works are digitized and animated into Augmented Reality sculptures that display universes living through a lifecycle in an invisible dimension of space-time.   

Prototypes of these AR sculptures can be viewed with a smartphone by scanning QR codes with the social media platform Snapchat. Future, fully realized AR sculptures would be viewed in public areas marked by symbols which portray society as civilized, safe after dark and beautiful to behold. Peace Moon Poppies, embodiments of multi-planetary pacifism, will act as one of these markers by informing the public that hidden universes may be revealed nearby that can alter their perception towards humanism and non-violence.

Technical information

artist

Alessandro Ravagnan

title

Peace Moon Poppies

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

Moon Gallery

medium

poppy seeds – held together by powdered earth, formed into a cube

dimensions

1 x 1 x 1 cm

genre

Sculpture

IAAA art style

Launch

launch date

19 Feb 2022

launch  vehicle

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Orbit

host 

International Space Station

location

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

launch location

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Return

return date

11 January 2023

return vehicle

SpaceX Dragon 2

status

Returned

launch vehicle COSPAR id

2022-015B

partners

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

Artist

Alessandro Ravagnan

Conceptual artist

USA

Collection

Moon Gallery

2022

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