Maarten Vanden Eynde

The Moon Seen From Earth

2005
UN helmet, telescope and black marker, 30 x 20 x 20 cm.
(In the Castro collection, Peru)

All the craters, mountains and seas on the Moon are named after locations, persons, different states of mind or weather systems on Earth, making only reference to human history. Giving names to sites on the Moon started in the early 17th Century, when the first maps were being drawn with the improvement of the telescope. This anthropocentric process of projecting Earth on the Moon continues until today. The current moon map with the exact locations of every given name is drawn on a used UN helmet, representing humanities unsuccessful efforts to manage the world. The lens is taken out of the telescope so when you look at the helmet you see it the way it is, without any deformation or manipulation. What you see is what you get. The Moon Seen From Earth was a very complex and multi-layered installation build for Cesare Manzo Gallery in Pescara, Italy of which the helmet and the telescope are the only remaining pieces.