THe moon,the earth and us
The Moon, The Earth and Us is a poetic exploration of the Overview Effect – a cognitive shift in perspective and awareness achieved after viewing the Earth, our home, from a distance vast enough to see it in its entirety.
Two globes; Earth and its Moon, will be constructed to show their correct size and distance in relation to one another.
In the mid 1960’s, mankind began the first explorations into outer space, propelling our ever-constant fascination with the Moon - our only close neighbor in an unfathomably vast solar system. But few have ever fully comprehended its actual distance from us (238,900 mi) and its full size in relation to us (2,159 miles - the width of USA).
This installation is made to coincide with the 50th anniversary of ‘Earthrise’ - the first photograph ever taken of our planet as a single object floating in space - shot during the Apollo 8 mission in the winter of 1968/69.
Today only 533 Astronauts have reached far enough into Earth’s orbit to observe this phenomena. All who have been afforded such a perspective have come away with a poignant realization: one cannot see borders or regulations from outer space, and an awareness that it is only our planets land masses, the select dry and habitable parts of our tiny and fragile globe, that humanity can survive on. People live here. And nowhere else.
The Moon, The Earth and Us, invites you to take an imagined look at our home from afar while considering the interconnectedness of it as a single organism. Then, by venturing through the immersive installation, one can imagine the darkened journey from one planet to another.