On the 20th July 1969 humans stepped foot on another planet for the first time. Now, 50 years later Vision ICT is supporting Simon Belshaw in bringing some of the magic from that historical day back to the present to inspire our future.
St Thomas Library in Exeter are hoping to host an installation created by composer and sound artist, Simon Belshaw to celebrate the first moon landing on the week leading up to the 20th July 2019.
Lee Rawlings, Manager of St Thomas Library had this to say about what this monumental anniversary means to him:
The moon landings are very special to me as they inspired my love for science and a generation of children hoping for a more exciting technological future. It was the project that for one moment brought the world together; an incredible achievement for all humankind. I also believe the imagination involved in bringing this project to its successful conclusion was in part stoked by curiosity, creativity, engineering artistry and a little Science fiction. This technologically creative dream working for what was essentially a globally political race became a profound page in the Earth's history. Going into space changes the astronaut when looking back at the Earth:
“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” - Neil Armstrong.
Simon Belshaw is a composer and sound artist who brings an oblique angle to anything he does, the Apollo 11 installation will be interactive, immediate, fun and a reminder of how we as a species achieved something amazing hopefully inspiring a new generation. We are over the moon to be having this fascinating piece of techno-art at St Thomas Library.
Simon has set up a kickstarter to help fund his project and explain a little bit about what the installation will be. As well as the installation and accompanying talk you will also be able to interact with and look at space themed videos and memorabilia. Both Simon and Lee hope this installation will inspire children to discuss and explore space and space travel and lead to a more inquisitive future.
But none of this will be possible without your help. Even with our support, Simon is still £64 away from the funding he needs to bring this fascinating piece to life. Please help inspire our future by donating to his kickstarter and supporting this project.