My Space Advocacy friend and artist Niek Verschoor is part of a team building a unique piece of art called Moon Gallery. Moon Gallery is an international collaborative artwork and a gallery of ideas worth sending to the Moon. Moon Gallery intends to launch 100 artefacts to the Moon within the compact format of a 10 x 10 x 1 cm plate (there are 100 cells of 1 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm)
on a lunar lander exterior panelling as early as 2022. In this Petri dish-like gallery, Moon Gallery is developing culture for future interplanetary society.
Niek's addition to the Moon Gallery is called (Last) Bullet, fitting just inside the required 1 cm3.
(Last) Bullet is a monument.
(Last) Bullet is a small yet essential monument, founded in commemoration of all the known and unknown victims of violence all over our globe.
In placing this last fired bullet on the face of the moon as a token of faith and hope, we, inhabitants of our planet, strongly emphasize the intention not to export our acts of violence to other planets.
Unfortunately the human kind cannot be trusted blindly, so the (Last) Bullet is accompanied by the Artist’s Watchful Eye to keep checking the fragile balance between good and evil.
The (Last) Bullet is a 7,62 mm Mil-Spec bullet. The jacket is torn, the core is removed and replaced by the Artist’s Watchful Eye. Engraved at the end cap is the text: Last Bullet.
Niek's personal accompanying message reads:
In placing this last fired bullet on the face of the moon as a token of faith and hope, we, inhabitants of this planet, strongly emphasise the intention not to export our acts of violence to other planets or into the universe.
The time has come that we, people living on our wee blue dot in space, should have the courage to send the last bullet up to the moon as a horrifying monument, an awkward remembrance of to never ever shoot at each other again.
In a way this really sounds like a solid and hopeful blueprint for the future.
But I have some doubts.
Therefor, and despite of all honest intensions of my fellow creatures, the (Last) Bullet is accompanied by a guardian, a supervisor to monitor the process. It is the Artist’s Watchful Eye deep inside the bullet, a Watchful Eye to keep checking the fragile balance between good and evil.
If this idea doesn’t work, our journey into space could turn out to be a bloody warfare of all against all, as Thomas Hobbes wrote in 1642. It could turn out to become an awakening Leviathan or a runaway train that cannot be stopped.
So, my friends space invaders, let’s watch our moves and take care of the future we are facing. Try to achieve the highest goal possible and ask for the best you could ever hope for.
Today is the time to finally shoot the moon.