Tiny art museum on the moon?


19 Responses to “Tiny art museum on the moon?”

  1. Ceronomus says:

    I don’t know if this is true or not, but I so WANT it to be.

  2. Waldo Jaquith says:

    Based on the drawing in the upper-left-hand corner, it also appears that there’s a cartoon of a tiny penis on the moon, too.

  3. jere7my says:

    Including a tiny penis graffito?

  4. Tdawwg says:

    From the look of the top-left image, the moon got dicked. Nice!

  5. stand says:

    Someone should register it as a geocache.

  6. Rich Keller says:

    Why did you have to mention John Cage?!!

    Now I’m going to have 4’33″ stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

  7. TabulaRasa says:

    I like the idea that we spent all that money and effort to go to the moon, but didn’t forget to leave a sketchy drawing of a penis up there. If one day in a distant future aliens find that, they know all about humanity they need to know.

  8. Hawkman says:

    It’s the legendary John F Lunar tabs of LSD – sweet! I think the idea was that if the lunar module became non-functional then the astronauts could dose, make a flying leap and catch up with the mother ship….or just watch the earthrise.

  9. I less than three mermaids says:

    Interpol is now searching for “John F.”, charges of copyright violation pending.

    @Rich Keller- Well played, sir!

  10. David Pescovitz says:

    The penis, as explained in the video, is apparently Andy Warhol’s “initials.”

  11. Art says:

    ‘Shame that nothing of any real artistic importance was etched on the chip – that is, other than the fact that it was by major artists ( if this it true)

    • Gutierrez says:

      “Real artistic importance”

      I thought one of the major qualities of art was it being subjective.

      Aside from that I would think possibility of it being first Warhol on the moon not bad for historical significance.

      It was a novel medium for the time, a great example of being forced to play to a minimalist aesthetic, a collaborative work between well known artists, and wonderful example of underground art in every sense of the genre.

      Did you just wish it was ‘prettier’?

  12. Art says:

    Not prettier. Just asking artists to try a little harder. Minimalism is over because it’s just too easy to ‘ape’ and call yourself an artiste

    The images here look like dopey kiddie scribbles to me. They are only significant drawings because the artists were super-stars.

    Forgetting for a moment the hushed/reverent names of the artists involved, do the drawings on the chip have great and true artistic impact for you?

    • Gutierrez says:

      I think what is portrayed takes a back seat to the purpose and possible placement of the art. This seems more about context than substance. A urinal isn’t art until Duchamp signs it “R. Mutt” and throws it in a gallery… Though this isn’t really a found object.

      I’ll agree they seem rushed, but the dialogue isn’t constrained to the face of the works.

  13. Art says:

    Agreed :)

  14. Anonymous says:

    For those interested in a similar phenomenon, there is a Florida State optics researcher who has documented a number of “chip doodles” from electronics engineers and circuit board designers seen in various commercial products, including a doodle in a sensor board used on the Mars Rovers.


  15. Fred H says:

    We, the beings of Omicron Persi-8, demand Earth’s greatest being-WAR-HOL! We shall send a delegation ship, and demand congress with him. If he is not there to meet us, prepare for war. END TRANSMISSION!

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