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Moon Gallery, Nanoracks, Voyager Space

In 2018 a team of scientists from the NASA confirmed that they had directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface, in regions that sunlight never reaches.

This was a huge revelation that will help our understanding of our satellite and it meant that water could be a resource possibly accessible for future expeditions that will leave the Earth to explore and even stay on the Moon. The old dream of colonizing the Moon has become more real. One of the biggest challenges that we face when traveling for long periods of time to space is how to feed the explorers. Sending food to space is the only possibility that we have right now, and it’s a pricey one. The barren scapes that we find in outer space make it practically impossible to grow any food while being out there.

Water on the Moon radically changes this. What we need right now is just a seed. A seed that will use that water and will start spreading, making the Moon a place more welcoming for us humans. A seed is the symbol of the beginning of nature – its conception, its literal starting point. One cannot but marvel to see how, after one plants a seed in the soil, a small stem starts to grow little by little. Give water and sun to a seed, and it will evolve into a majestic vegetable creature. The power of transformation of a seed reaches mythical proportions and they often appear in religious parables.

Nowadays the feeling of awe of watching a growing plant from the seed has been lost, due to our increasingly industrialized culture. We are missing one of our most basic connections to our planet. The discovery of water on the Moon can change that. The whole planet will be watchful and breathless after we plant the first seed on the Moon.

My seed symbolizes that feeling of anticipation and wonder.

Porcelain is a material that comes from soil. A petrified piece of earth fired at over a thousand degrees and transformed into delicate pieces that sustain the passing of time for centuries and even millennia. It has been one of the greatest inventions of mankind since the Stone Age. It is fragile yet permanent. Solid yet delicate.

My seed has been created based on a real lemon seed. It was important for me not to imitate nature, not to create a sculpture with my own hands, but to make a model of a real seed. An untouched creation of nature. I created a casting mold of the seed in which I later poured the liquid porcelain. Then, the model was fired in a kiln, thus creating a perfect representation of the beginning of all vegetable creatures.

The seed, made with Earth’s soil, will fly to the Moon to encounter our satellite’s water reserves, serving as a memento of mankind’s resolution of establishing the next settlement in our voyage through the cosmos.

SEED is a porcelain sculpture, created from a real lemon seed. It symbolizes the feeling of anticipation and wonder.

Technical information:

Artwork name:





Kristina Okan



This work is part of the following collection:

Moon Gallery




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


Kristina Okan

Visual artist


Kristina Okan


Moon Gallery


Moon Gallery


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