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The Heart of Friendship

Ronald Vles

The Heart of Friendship

2022

unknown

1 x 1 x 1 cm

status:

Returned

I want to bring together in friendship humankind, represented by various old peoples and religions. I do this in the symbolic form of a tiny heart in my cubicle that will be sent to the moon and that will then keep looking back upon our planet.

Voyager Space
Nanoracks LLC
Moon Gallery Foundation

The BLOOD BROTHER RITUAL was already known in ancient Europe and Asia. In old Asian cultures as well as in ancient Southeastern Europe the act and ceremony of becoming blood brothers was generally seen to bring about an alliance between tribes as well as friendship in general. Christianity also recognized sworn brotherhood in a ceremony, both in the Eastern Orthodox churches as in the Roman Catholic church.


Researchers found that the tradition of intertwining arms and drinking wine is believed to be also a representation of becoming blood brothers. I think that any ceremony, whether it consists of intertwining arms or for instance joining heads, as the Maoris do, will express the friendship between peoples and religions and gives the same strong signal.


I travel a lot around the world and I am particularly interested in old civilizations such as the Maori from New Zealand, the Inuit of Greenland, the San people from Southern Africa etc., which are considered to belong to the oldest peoples on earth. In the time to come before the launch I will organize and document ceremonies with representatives of these peoples, as wellas with representatives of religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.


I want to bring together in friendship humankind, represented by various old peoples and religions. I do this in the symbolic form of a tiny heart in my cubicle that will be sent to the moon and that will then keep looking back upon our planet.


These blood brother like ceremonies and the little heart must be seen as a strong symbol of my wish that all people on earth should be connected.

Technical information

artist

Ronald Vles

title

The Heart of Friendship

date

2022

this work is part of the following collection

Moon Gallery

medium

unknown

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

Ronald Vles

Painter

The Netherlands

Collection

Moon Gallery

2022

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