Peak of Eternal Light

A VR experience that revolves around a future human settlement on the Moon.

As we currently dive into a new era of colonization and exploitation of celestial bodies, the Moon Village —a new open collaborative robotic and human presence on the Moon— has been proposed as the next possible step in space exploration. The experience takes place on the rim of the Shackleton, a gigantic impact crater situated right on the south pole of the Moon.

With a diameter of 21km and more than 4200m deep, this imposing location is a potential candidate for a future outpost on the Moon due to its unique lighting conditions. While some of its peaks receive almost continuous sunlight, its interior (one of the coldest and darkest places in the Solar System) may have captured water ice, key for a self-sustainable lunar settlement.

The Moon Temple could serve social, cultural and spiritual purposes and will be 3D printed using lunar regolith. Such material and technology will most likely create ‘soft’ structures, resembling the way traditional adobe architecture has been used on our planet for many centuries, again pointing the artist in the direction of primitive civilizations.

A Virtual Reality app powered by with Unreal Engine showcases the temple. The user can explore the corners of the art project as well as the imposing landscape. The environment has been built according with accurate terrain data. With this interactive experience the artist aims to use VR as a powerful tool for cultural curation and exhibition.

The short film is part of the introduction to this ongoing project. The real time nature of the tools used allow to modify and add more content as the project evolves, showing new aspects or changing the character of the movie on the fly. The easiness of production of new material makes it a perfect way for sharing the content on social media.

Alongside the visual material, we have developed a Moon Orbiter App. Jorge provided scientific data and coordinates through his residency in the European Space Agency ESA. Exploring the Moon and the past missions is a way to explain the context. It is also a great educational tool to show the achievements of the Space Race.

  • Through the central oculus, a liquid mirror telescope gazes into the oldest and most distant objects in the universe © Jorge Mañes Rubio / DITISHOE

    Through the central oculus, a liquid mirror telescope gazes into the oldest and most distant objects in the universe © Jorge Mañes Rubio / DITISHOE

  • Main entrance to the Temple with the Earth rising on the horizon © Jorge Mañes Rubio / DITISHOE

    Main entrance to the Temple with the Earth rising on the horizon © Jorge Mañes Rubio / DITISHOE

  • Top view of the interior of the Dome © Jorge Mañes Rubio / DITISHOE

    Top view of the interior of the Dome © Jorge Mañes Rubio / DITISHOE

About this project

Peak of Eternal light is created by Jorge Mañes Rubio in collaboration with DITISHOE Artist by the Royal College of Art (London, 2010), TED Fellow (2014), awarded by S&R Foundation Washington in 2015 and Artist in Residence at the European Space Agency. He walks the line between Science, Sociology, Politics and Environment, he faces universal subjects from a strong and alternative point of view. His extensive portfolio can be found in seethisway.

Jorge Mañes Rubio. SEETHISWAY
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Photo by Bret Hartman.

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