Jorge Mañes Rubio
Jorge Mañes Rubio
Geologic Map of the South Pole of the Moon (2015) from the Mission: U-TOPIA series
Giclée print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315 gsm
90 x 60 cm
Edition of 9
Based on Fortezzo C. M. and Hare T. M. (2013) Completed Digital Renovation of the 1:5,000,000 Lunar Geologic Map Series
Courtesy of the artist
Spanish artist and TED Fellow Jorge Mañes Rubio is currently the artist-in-residence at the European Space Agency; he’s designing a temple for the moon to serve the spiritual needs of future settlers.
Rubio’s interest in the colonisation and exploitation of celestial bodies is present in an earlier work, Mission U-TOPIA, where he created Akitoshi Fujiyama, a Japanese engineer who discovers a lunar meteorite on a local golf course and then embarks on a quest to go to the moon – to acquire meteorites to sell. Designing an exhibition around this scenario, Rubio created and collected a variety of artefacts including a NASA map of the south pole of the moon, which he re-worked, adding new layers and replacing colours. During the development of the work, Rubio persuaded the chemical giant UBE Industries to allow him to visit a quarry, remove a series of rocks, travel on its 35km of private highway and decorate its 80-tonne lorries with his Geologic Map.
The rim of the Shackleton crater (yellow circle) is a peak of eternal light, where solar power could be harnessed, whereas the crater itself is in perpetual darkness, suggesting ice. This is the intended location of future settlers and Rubio’s temple.
Jorge Mañes Rubio’s latest project, Design Museum Dharavi, features in the Beazley Designs of the Year at the newly located Design Museum 24th November 2016 – 19th February 2017
For more information, see seethisway.com
Hedge, issue 44, December 2016, pp84-90