artist mikael genberg to install self-assembling house on the moon in 2015
 
artist mikael genberg to install self-assembling house on the moon in 2015
may 29, 2014

artist mikael genberg to install self-assembling house on the moon in 2015

artist mikael genberg to install self-assembling moonhouse in 2015
image courtesy sara medina lind

 

 

 

since the beginning of the 20th century, space has belonged to an exclusive few. the moonhouse art project, led by swedish artist and entrepreneur mikael genberg aims to democratize space exploration by bringing man closer to earth’s nearest celestial body, the moon. the crowd funding initiative proposes to install a self-assembling house on the moon, which will be sent up in october 2015 on spaceX’s falcon 9 spacecraft. designed by american aerospace company astrobotic, the 9 sqm red building – trimmed with white fascia, windows and a front door – will bringing the barren, dead moonscape to life for the first time in history.

 

 

video courtesy moonhouse project

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the house is currently 75% engineered to spec, and will be outlined by a thin sheet of specially developed space-cloth, which will be stretched over a carbon frame. once placed on the moon, the installation will construct itself as it is filled up with gas. this means that the structure, which holds the house up and shapes the construction, can correct itself, automatically sealing itself from any leaks. the project is currently seeking crowdfunding through its own website, with backers paying for distance as a reward.

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detail of astrobotic’s griffin lander
image courtesy astrobotic

 

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infographic for the moonhouse project
image courtesy moonhouse project

  • “the 9 sqm red building…will bringing the barren, dead moonscape to life for the first time in history.”

    Eh-hem, it will merely pollute an unpolluted planet with more of man’s nonsense. In this case, the material is not even from the moon, nor serves any utilitarian function on the moon, making it especially egregious. This is not art, it’s stupid.

    How about this art: leave the moon alone.

    Jack Weber
  • It is not self assembling. Merely another piece of imposed material that
    does not utilise its surroundings.

    mikka
  • -as long as we’re sending the right message to the aliens out there …….
    (can aliens have a sense of humour? I suppose they must if they have been watching us all these years).

    mackenzie collins

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