Japanese Billionaire Invites Artists to Go With Him to the Moon

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Recently, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa announced that he will be the first private citizen to fly around the moon on SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) launch vehicle.

In an art project called #dearMoon, Maezawa announces he will bring six to eight artists from different fields to join him on this revolutionary journey.

“In 2023, artists representing the Earth will head for the Moon.  A painter, musician, film director, fashion designer… Some of Earth’s greatest talents will board a spacecraft and be inspired in a way they have never been before,” reads the official website.

Together with Maezawa, they will head for the Moon – 238,900 miles away.

“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 each of us,” the billionaire wrote.

The week-long trip will take place in 2023, as BFR is still under construction. It is estimated to take $5 billion to finish the BFR and Maezawa’s downpayment on the flight will help cover some of the cost and development of the BFR.

While there’s no announcement yet on who will join him, the Japanese curator has one request to those he’ll invite. “If you should hear from me, please say yes and accept my invitation. Please don’t say no.”