FORT MYERS, Fla. - To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bob Rauschenberg Fine Art Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, the school is giving the public a chance to view a rare and unique work of art.
Known as "The Moon Museum," the exhibit features a chip with small works of art by John Chamberlain, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Forrest Myers and Bob Rauschenberg.
The six artists worked with engineers at Bell Labs to have six tiny drawings etched onto a chip, with a goal of having art reside on the moon.
However NASA, never approved their effort to allow the art to travel on the Apollo XII mission. Although engineers at Bell Labs were able to sneak the chip onto the LEM 6 lunar landing legs without NASA knowing, sneaking the chip onto the moon.
Bell Labs, only made about a dozen of the tiny chips almost the size of a quarter. One still remains on the moon at the LEM 6 landing site, each of the six artists received one and others remain with engineers who designed the chip.
The chip on display at the Bob Raushenberg Gallery, is from the family of a Bell Labs engineer and the only one still left on display.
Today, the chips left on earth remain in museum collections, like the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, or with the artists estate.
"The Moon Museum" exhibit is free and open to the public running August 22nd - September 27th. The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery is located at 8099 College Pkwy, on the Florida Southwestern State College Campus, in Fort Myers.