TORONTO, ONTARIO (April 19, 2021) – The works of nine major Philippine creative artists are on a time capsule headed for the Moon later this year. Part of the Lunar Codex project headed by PhilippineCanadian physicist and author Dr. Samuel Peralta, the time capsule, which holds the work of over 1500 artists from all over the world, is joining NASA’s payloads in the first phase of its Artemis program to land the first astronauts on the Moon in 50 years.
The Lunar Codex
Aside from Dr. Peralta’s own books, Philippine works included in the Lunar Codex include art by grandmasters Rosario Bitanga and Mauro Malang Santos, work by celebrated contemporary artists Gromyko Semper and Hari Lualhati, poetry by Ivy Alvarez and Eugenia Leigh, plays and other works by Palanca Hall of Famer Dr. Jesus T. Peralta, and a musical composition by Samuel and Francis Paul B. Peralta celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran. The time capsule also includes work from other members of Dr. S. Peralta’s family.
“Our hope is that future travelers who find this capsule will discover some of the richness of our world today,” Dr. Peralta said. “It speaks to the idea that, despite wars and pandemics and climate upheaval, humankind found time to dream, time to create art.”
Two launches are carrying the complete Lunar Codex – a SpaceX + Intuitive Machines launch scheduled in November 2021, and a United Launch Alliance + Astrobotic launch scheduled for December 2021. These launches, the first commercial missions in history, carry NASA scientific instruments in preparation for a later human landing as well as commercial cargo like the Lunar Codex.
Mr. Semper, whose Tristan and Isolde is one of the works chosen for the time capsule, noted “With the pandemic, creating art while stuck in my home studio has become the new normal. It came as a surprise when I received word from my friend Steven Daluz, that my work curated in Poets Artists 100 Greatest Drawings, would be included in a time capsule to the Moon!”
He added: “To be included among the company of artists to be preserved with hopes that in the future some traveler might know what sort of art and culture we have, that news really warmed my heart!”