A few years ago, if someone had talked about space tourism, they would have thought he was crazy. The idea of going to another planet like one goes on holiday to the seaside or the mountains was always science fiction, something only seen in films.
Today, however, although still far from the goal, this idea is no longer unfeasible and some of the richest and most visionary companies have begun to invest huge amounts of capital to allow everyone, sooner or later, to spend their holidays on the Moon or Mars.
After the initial enthusiasm, there has been a lot of criticism from those who see this mission as a waste of money that could be invested in more important and urgent causes such as environmental protection and sustainable projects. Among those opposed to space travel is Ludo, who yesterday presented his new work “Space Tourism”.
The new mural depicts the famous scene from Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon, in which space explorers and their spacecraft crash into the moon, taking out one of its eyes. Here, however, the shuttle that Ludo represents displays the names of three companies: Amazon, Virgin and Space X, making all the romanticism of the 1902 film disappear.
As always, with a few elements in black and white and a few hints of neon green, the French artist invites us to reflect on themes that sometimes seem so distant from our daily lives, but which have implications for all of us.