MOON GALLERY - The first art exhibition on the moon

About the project

As part of the international art project "Moon Gallery", artists, astrophotographers and various partner companies, such as the European Space Agency esa, joined forces to organize the first permanent art exhibition on the moon. By 2025 at the latest, the exhibited artwork, will include a total of 100 artefacts inside a box on the moon.

Artistic rendering of the Moon Gallery as payload on the ISS
©Moon Gallery Foundation

Our contribution

One of the 100 artifacts is a fused silica cube engraved with tree rings called The Cosmic Tree. This was designed and manufactured by the German artist and astrophotographer Jamal Ageli in collaboration with the German company Leica and the laser specialists at the Ernst Abbe University in Jena, Germany. Fused silica from Heraeus Conamic the raw material of choice due to its high radiation resistance and durability.

On February 19th, 2022, the artwork, initially consisting of 64 individual parts, was sent to the International Space Station (ISS) with the NG-17 rocket as part of the Northrop Grumman Cygnus supply mission. In preparation for the actual moon mission, the artifacts are undergoing various tests, such as testing durability of the materials in space.

Hand holding a fused silica cube engraved with tree rings.
©Jamal Ageli