On October 11, 2021 we will install a 4,800 square foot Earthwork portrait of NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson to promote inclusivity and diversity and raise awareness about NASA’s ARTEMIS program to land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon. We also want to highlight feasible pathways to careers in space and tech.
The Apollo missions the first Moon landing inspired a generation. It spurred on innovation and ignited a spark in kids to aim high for their dreams. Those kids of yesterday turned into adults who are changing the world today.
We want to light the spark in today’s generation to empower them to be the ones to change the world tomorrow. We’ll encourage them to aim higher for their dreams than ever before.
Through this giant inspirational and representative Artemis themed Earthwork created by artist Stan Herd, we will honor and recognize African American astronaut Stephanie Wilson who is not only a pioneer but also in the current NASA Artemis group.
We want the most important people involved – the kids!
Working with the Space for Art Foundation founded by NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and the Hines Family Foundation founded by former Chief Technologist of NASA Ames, we’ve also partnered with Georgia Tech, Georgia Space Grant Consortium, Mercer STEM Innovation Lab, Morehouse College and Atlanta International School. Atlanta Public School kids and kids from a local hospital will create artwork of what space means to them. It can be the Moon and stars. It could be rockets or astronauts. Whatever they choose.
Each artwork will be made on a tile we provide and brought together to form a frame around the larger Earthwork in Woodruff Park. On the day of the public unveiling the tiles will be placed around the Earthwork.
STEAM education in action!
Hosted by Georgia Tech and the Georgia Space Grant Consortium, we will do livestream conversations with astronauts, subject matter experts and kids on a variety of topics and themes including: Planetary Science, engineering, space health and nutrition, space careers, space art and kids who love space.
Metro Atlanta students, families, and communities will be invited to visit the Georgia Tech campus to participate in a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and more focused on SPACE, including (but not limited to):
Stan Herd, a native of Kansas, has been active in film, music and the arts in America’s heartland for over 40 years. He began creating large scale “Earthworks,” giant eco-friendly artworks made of organic materials, gaining recognition in National Geographic and Smithsonian Magazine. Herd, once called the "Father of Crop Art" by CBS news anchor Dan Rather, has been crafting massive-scale designs into fields since the early 1980’s. In 2020 he created Earthworks of Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, which gained attention by the Biden presidential campaign. Herd has created Earthworks all over the United States as well as in Australia, Brazil, China and Cuba. Learn more: stanherdarts.com