We are pleased to present The Moon, the Earth and Us, an immersive art installation presented in partnership with the High Line, opening January 24 through February 14.
Find out more here.
Located on New York City’s High Line park, between 15th and 16th Streets, the project explores Earth’s relationship with its Moon and encourages visitors to understand our planet as a single system, which typically occurs after viewing Earth from a vast distance – often called the Overview Effect.
The installation features two large sculptures modeled after the Moon and the Earth, in a scale that accurately depicts their true size and distance from one another. The Moon, The Earth and Us presents the public with an experience normally reserved for astronauts – in which our home planet can be considered from the distance of the Moon. This installation will attempt to underline the wholeness of our planet as a single organism and raises questions about the significance and impact of manmade borders that divide, rather than unite, humanity.
“I hope this work encourages people to consider how far we actually are from our only close neighbor in this solar system, and in doing so, become aware of how fragile our society, or life at all, really is.” said Oliver Jeffers. “Every element was designed so that passersby can attempt to suspend disbelief and imagine themselves temporarily buoyant in the vacuum of outer space.From that vantage point, hopefully the obviousness will strike a chord that to all people, this planet alone is our home.”
Both hand-painted globes feature text elements. As the Moon is approached, visitors will read across its surface, “No One Lives Here,” while within every man-made border on Earth’s dry land, “People Live Here” will be affirmatively repeated.
The installation was inspired by the Earthrise photo and Jeffers’ most recent book, Here We Are (Notes for Living on Planet Earth). Earthrise was the first photo of our entire planet, taken exactly 50 years ago during the Apollo 8 mission on Christmas Eve 1968.