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Peace Moon Poppies

Peace Moon Poppies


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

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

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:

Artwork name:

Peace Moon Poppies




Alessandro Ravagnan



This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery

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



1 x 1 x 1 cm



IAAA Art Style:

Launch vehicle / mission:

Antares 230+ / NG-17 Cygnus resupply mission

Host spacecraft / hardware:

International Space Station



Launch location:

NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia

Launch date:

19 Feb 2022

Orbit / space location:

LEO, International Space Station (ISS)

Return vehicle:

SpaceX Dragon 2

End date:

11 January 2023



Client / Agency:

Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space


Alessandro Ravagnan

Conceptual artist


Alessandro Ravagnan


Moon Gallery


Moon Gallery


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