Vanishing Point project for Moon Gallery

Alexandra’s project “Vanishing point” is about the fundamental concept of perspective representation. As a part of the Moon Gallery the “Vanishing Point” represents in Space the essence of human spatial perception: at the ISS, reaching low Earth orbit, and eventually at the Moon surface.

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Vanishing Point 1.0

A vanishing point is a fundamental concept of perspective representation and conveys the essence of human perception of space.

Our spatial perception is unique and ultimately connected with a space we explore.  Here on Earth we construct perspective representation following general visual and mathematical laws and physiological abilities as well as limitations of human eye. With some adjustments the same rules will work on the Moon surface. A vanishing point is a point in a perspective drawing to which parallel lines not parallel to the image plane appear to converge. This is the one of the most important concepts in perspective representation.

Alexandra’s painting “Vanishing Point 1.0” (50×50 cm, oil on canvas) represents a vanishing point in an almost abstract way and was inspired by the view of a channel in a Dutch city with a suggestion of buildings along a channel and their reflections in a water. In this painting the vanishing point itself is not visible as the parallel lines merge into a white background.  This reminds of a light in the end of tunnel and can be seen as a metaphor for unreachable perfection.

For the Moon Gallery launched to the ISS Alexandra put this image in the middle of a 1x1cm epoxy cube to exaggerate the spatial perception and create the illusion of infinity. The image will be visible to both the ISS crew and the web camera.

The “Vanishing Point” will represent the human spatial perception in space.

About Moon Gallery

Moon Gallery is an international collaborative artwork and a gallery of ideas worth sending to the Moon. Moon Gallery aims to set up the first permanent museum on the Moon. Moon Gallery will launch 100 artefacts to the Moon within the compact format of 10 x 10 x 1cm plate on a lunar lander exterior panelling as early as 2025. In this Petri-dish-like gallery, we are developing a culture for future interplanetary society. What are the ideas we want to promote into the future? What are the ideas we want to leave behind?