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Out of this world as painting by Wexford artist chosen for time capsule to the moon


Wexford artist Martina McAteer.

Wexford artist Martina McAteer.

Martina's painting Star of the Sea which is going to the moon in a time capsule.

Martina's painting Star of the Sea which is going to the moon in a time capsule.


Wexford artist Martina McAteer.


A work by the award-winning Wexford artist Martina McAteer has been selected for an amazing project called ‘The Lunar Codex’ which is sending digitally etched images of artwork in a time capsule to the moon.

Martina’s painting called “Star of the Sea” will be included a third lunar time capsule called The Polaris Collection, featuring digitally etched images of artworks, writings and music, which is planned to travel to the Lunar South Pole in the autumn of next year with earlier  Peregrine and Nova archives due to be sent to the moon this summer.

All the works are are also archived on the website www.lunarcodex.com.

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Martina said she is delighted that her art piece was chosen for the project and is part of what she called  “a message in a bottle to the future”.

"The Lunar Codex has been called the most expansive, international and diverse collection of contemporary culture launched to the moon and the first ever to send film and music”, she said.

"It is a great honour as an Irish female artist to be part of this and in these difficult times, it brings hope to everybody to continue to hope and dream as well as highlighting the value and importance of all artists in society.”

The Lunar Codex is an archive of art, books, music, poetry, and film, launched by NASA Artemis partners to the Moon programme. It includes the work of artists from 89 countries across the world.