Space Graffiti on Pioneer 11 Space Craft
In 1977 the Voyager Space craft was launched and after its initial mission it was accelerated into the outer portion of our solar system for further scientific studies. The space craft recently left our solar system and continues its journey through space. Carl Sagan proposed adding a message that the voyager would carry into space in the unlikely event it might encounter intelligent beings. He designed such a message, and it was engraved on a gold disk attached to the craft. There was a likeness of man and woman and a drawing of our planets location within the solar system of our sun. Several other items were on the disk.
I can imagine a space ship with alien beings encountering the Voyager Space Craft. What would their reaction be? Possibly the same as ours. The early Indians left many petroglyphs and pictographs, and many thousands have been located and a large number catalogued. When the explorers and trappers passed through the Southwest, many felt inclined to add their names, dates, and drawings. This has continued up to the present time, and it is one of the problems we face today. How do we keep others from writing or destroying these historic records?
In this painting I imagine a whole procession of alien space craft encountering Voyager and each leaving a little scribbling or drawing on the gold plaque. Therefore, the title Space Graffiti.
30" x 24" Acrylic on Canvas