The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art will host a unique exhibition to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July 1969.
ONE SMALL STEP is a unique exhibition featuring 12 leading artists – in-line with the 12 men who have walked on the moon since 1969 – who will each transform an astronaut helmet into a work of art.
Participating artists include Anish Kapoor, Joana Vasconcelos, D*Face, Mr. Brainwash, Bran Symondson, UnSKilled Worker, Philip Colbert, Hayden Kays, Ben Eine, Dan Baldwin, Alison Jackson and Chris Levine.
Curated by Ben Moore, all proceeds from the sale of the One Small Step helmets via an online auction at Paddle 8 will go to MAG (Mines Advisory Group) whose mission is to clear landmines and unexploded bombs from conflict-affected communities, where one small step can be the difference between life and death.
Curator Ben Moore comments, “It’s incredible to think that only 50 years ago we first landed on the moon which has been our loyal companion in the night sky since the beginning of time as we know it. I believe that one day soon when we have conquered the limitations of speed the planets will become like new countries in our universe and we will begin a new chapter of space travel and planetary colonisation. Through this all I hope planet Earth will always remain our home - safe and secure.”
Jane Cocking, CEO of MAG comments: “Every day, twenty people are still being killed or injured by landmines and unexploded bombs so we’re thrilled to be able to raise vital funds for our work through this unique and exciting exhibition.”
The exhibition follows curator Ben Moore’s sell-out 2013 exhibition Art Wars where some of the world’s leading artists were given Star Wars stormtrooper helmet replicas to transform. The astronaut helmets have been specially created by artist Schoony and LifeCast.
The ONE SMALL STEP exhibition will be unveiled at the first summer edition of The Other Art Fair, from 4 - 7 July where it will be on public display in The Crossing, King’s Cross, one of London’s largest and most exciting redevelopments, and the capital’s creative neighbourhood. In addition to the original astronaut helmet artworks, there will be limited edition prints available for sale at the fair.
Jessica Chow, UK Fair Manager of The Other Art Fair adds, “One Small Step creatively pairs a momentous tribute with a special charity and cause, cleverly brought to life by an incredible selection of artists. The helmets will be a highlight of the fair not to miss.”
Posters featuring the astronaut helmets will go on display at nearby London Underground stations supported by Art Below. The auction will open via Paddle8 from 4 July and then countdown to the anniversary of the moon landing and close on 22 July. The original helmets plus selected limitededition prints will be part of the auction, with all proceeds going to MAG.