Two Singapore artworks to be permanently displayed on moon in 2025

The two art pieces are intricately 3D-printed cubes made of aluminium and crystals.

Caleb Lau

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Published: 16 March 2022, 1:41 PM

Singapore will make its mark in space, thanks to two artworks by local artist Lakshmi Mohanbabu which will be permanently displayed on the moon in 2025.

Part of the Moon Gallery, the two intricately designed 3D-printed cubes were created in collaboration with scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah said In a speech at the launch on Mar 14 (Monday).

The Moon Gallery Foundation, which spearheads the project, selected 100 artworks by artists from Asia, Europe, America and Africa to be displayed in the first permanent museum on the moon. 

Currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station as part of a test flight, the gallery is slated to return to Earth in December for a world tour before heading to the moon.


As early as 2025, the petri-dish-like art gallery will arrive on the moon on a lunar lander exterior panelling. PHOTO CREDIT: MOON GALLERY FOUNDATION’S WEBSITE, FACEBOOK/@MOON.GALLERY.FOUNDATION


As part of the moving gallery, Lakshmi’s creations comprise of two cubes named Cube of Interaction and Structure & Reflectance.

Utilising aluminium and crystals, the cubes were created in collaboration with NTU associate professor Daniel New and Matteo Seita.


To mark the milestone, blown up replicas of the 3D printed cubes were unveiled to the public by (from left) Lakshmi and Ms Indranee. PHOTO CREDIT: FACEBOOK/@NTUSG


Congratulating the achievement, Ms Indranee said: “Through the intricately designed 3D-printed cubes, Lakshmi and the scientists in NTU present a unique perspective through the fusion of art and technology. 

“Multi-disciplinary artworks like Lakshmi’s also contribute to Singapore’s vibrant art scene.”

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