An Artistic Time Capsule Prepares to Hitch A Ride to the Moon

  • 2016-01-06
  • npr.org

DNA from a genetically modified goat, a spritz of perfume, sculptures so small you need a microscope to see them.

They're all headed for the moon.

The MoonArk is a sort of eight-inch-tall portrait of humanity, with more than 200 artists and designers contributing to it. There's space reserved for it on one of the privately-funded Moon missions competing for the Google Lunar Xprize.

Lowry Burgess, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the MoonArk project lead, holds up one of his contributions, a vial full of red liquid. A drop will go in the Ark.

It's human blood — "all artists' blood," Burgess says.

Specifically, 33 artists' blood, all mixed together. Some of the artists are pretty famous, he says, but he won't namedrop.

He's doing the same thing with a mixture of water from some of the world's rivers.

All told, there are hundreds of items in the Ark. Burgess says each one is like a word in a poem.