Life is beautiful, resilient but at the same time, fragile and fleeting. What will represent mankind’s legacy, when mankind exists no more. We erect monuments in honor of the passing of our loved ones however, what monument will be erected, for the passing of earth or at least mankind. It’s a humbling thought to think that one day, life on earth, as we know it, will cease to exist, or at least thats what some would have us believe.
If earth was no more, what ‘monument’, or piece of media would man erect that can justifiably represent a defunked earth, mankind and their legacy?
These are the questions posed by artist Trevor Paglen in Creative Time’s project The Last Pictures. Trevor’s team has created a Time Capsule, a message for future intelligent life, containing 100 images, which was launched into space and will remain there orbiting earth for billions of years, long after we are gone. Personally, I don’t subscribe to the claim that a man made object can last that long, but that’s another discussion. It would have been interesting to be in the same room during the deliberation process of which 100 images shall represent man’s journey on earth, an ultimate curator’s dream.
If you wanted to send a message, to a future civilisation, what image/s would you include?