The 3D printed cube will become part of an exhibition that humanity will send to the moon.
The cube is called Structure & Reflectance – it is smaller than a regular die – each face is 0.98 cm. On all sides of the cube there is a unique series of patterns.
The cube was included in the list of one hundred works of art, which were selected by the Moon Gallery. All of them will become participants in the permanent exhibition of extraterrestrial art, which went to the moon by 2025. All works are placed in a box measuring 10 cm x 10 cm x 1 cm.First, the exhibits will go to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard an NG-17 rocket in February 2022, and only later from there to the Moon.
Cube was created by Lakshmi Mohanbaba, a Singaporean architect and designer. According to her, a cube is a combination of art and technology. It symbolizes a unifying message and is the quintessence of humanity on the moon, she noted.
The cube was created using the technology of laser synthesis of a powder layer – this is a metal processing process in which you can control the surface roughness by changing the laser parameters.
The optical contrast on the surface of the cube from crystals creates a complex geometry that symbolizes the duality of a person: the complexity of hidden thoughts and expressed emotions. This duality also exists on the surface of the Moon, where one side remains visible while the other is hidden. The bright part of the visible side of the Moon depends on the position of the Moon relative to the Earth and the Sun. Thus, what we see is the result of our point of view.
Lakshmi Mohanbabu, Singaporean architect and designer