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The Art on the Moon

There is one piece of art on the moon:

Fallen Astronaut sculpture by  Hoeydonck and the commemorative plaque left on the moon in memory of 14 fallen astronauts and cosmonauts. Image credit NASAOne crisp March morning in 1969, artist Paul van Hoeydonck was visiting his Manhattan gallery when he stumbled into the middle of a startling conversation. Louise Tolliver Deutschman, the gallery’s director, was making an energetic pitch to Dick Waddell, the owner. “Why don’t we put a sculpture of Paul’s on the moon,” she insisted. Before Waddell could reply, van Hoeydonck inserted himself into the exchange: “Are you completely nuts? How would we even do it?”

Deutschman stood her ground. “I don’t know,” she replied, “but I’ll figure out a way.”

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