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Do you know that wonderful pieces of art by modern and contemporary artists has made its way into space and on to the moon.

Paul Van Hoeydonck is a Belgium artist who made a small figure sculpture of a person, not able to be classified as a man or woman, that was placed on the moon in 1971. The title of this work is Fallen Astronaut. It was placed on the moon by a crew member of Apollo 15. The work is 8.5 centimeters or 3.5 inches in length.

In this clip we view an exhibition of work featuring the artist:

N.A.S.A. said the piece was made to commemorate the astronauts that died during space exploration. Paul Van Hoeydonck thought he would be able to make small sculptures of this work and sell them to collectors.

This didn’t happen as N.A.S.A. had a rule that is always upheld, no one is to make money from N.A.S.A. The artist was unable to sell his sculptures and still has many of unsigned copies.

Paul Van Hoeydonck was born in Antwerp, Belgium in the year 1925. Van Hoeydonck studied art and art history in college in Antwerp. The artist had the most flourishing time of his career from the 1950s to the 1960s. He is a painter and printmaker now living in Belgium.

The artist is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

In this clip we visit another show featuring some great sculptures by the artist:

Below a link to the website of the artist:

http://paulvanhoeydonck.com/

Price range information: Sorry none available.

The artist was one of the first sculptors to work with Plexiglass.

What an interesting genre, space art!

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