Yusaku Maezawa, CEO of Start Today Co., Ltd, is a Japanese entrepreneur who founded the online fashion retail website ZOZOTOWN. The billionaire has made news recently with his announcement of #dearMoon, an art project which will see him take 6 to 8 artists to the moon in 2023.
Yusaku Maezawa is an avid art collector having founded the Contemporary Art Foundation and spearheading it as the company president. The Foundation promotes contemporary art by supporting artists and holding contemporary art exhibitions to popularise and improve people’s knowledge of contemporary art.
Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, has named Maezawa the first passenger to fly the company’s new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)―a new spacecraft that’s being developed as part of the plan to colonise Mars. This is the rocket ship that Maezawa will be taking his art crew in. They will fly around the earth and moon for one week and draw inspiration from the sights they see for their art projects.
Throughout human history countless artists and musicians have drawn heavy inspiration from the moon, like Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata or Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night. The #dearMoon project was named out of the same loving respect for the moon which has been a source of creativity for so many people over the years.
Below is a profound statement made by Maezawa on his Instagram page.
If Pablo Picasso had been able to see the moon up-close, what kind of paintings would he have drawn?
If John Lennon could have seen the curvature of the Earth, what kind of songs would he have written?
If they had gone to space, how would the world have looked today?
People are creative and have a great imagination.
We all have the ability to dream dreams that have never been dreamt, to sing songs that have never been sung, to paint that which has never been seen before.
I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within all of us.
Together with Earth’s top artists, I will be heading to the moon… just a little earlier than everyone else.
I am truly blessed by this opportunity to become Host Curator of “#dearMoon”.
I would like to thank Elon Musk and SpaceX for creating the opportunity to go around the moon in their BFR. I would also like to thank all those who have continuously supported me.
I vouch to make this project a success. Stay tuned!
Full details surrounding the project can be found on the official #dearMoon website. Be sure to follow this historical project in the lead up to 2023.
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