Worlds collide in the most wildly imaginative and colorful way with a new art installation on display at Space Center Houston entitled The Peanuts Project: The Heavens and the Earth.
The project brings to Houstonians public art re-imaginings of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved, iconic characters by four of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. The larger-than-life installations will be on view at some of Space City’s most popular and visited landmarks.
The adventure began April 25 at Space Center Houston during NASA’s 50th anniversary celebrations of Apollo 10. To mark this milestone, artist Kenny Scharf unveiled his rendition of Charlie Brown and Snoopy–uniquely-wrapped around an 18’x15’ NASA International Space Station training Module.
The public watched Scharf paint a piece of art live, participated in hands-on Pop-Up Science Labs, and met Snoopy in-person.
About the project
The Peanuts Global Artist Collective, presented by Peanuts Worldwide, launched a year ago with an ambitious public art initiative spanning seven international cities: Paris, Seoul, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Tokyo and Mexico City.
Curated by the esteemed, leading art curators at Culture Corps, the project features the work of seven elite artists. Four of them—Nina Chanel Abney, AVAF, FriendsWithYou and Scharf—will pepper their creations throughout Houston.
The artists have reimagined Charles Schulz’s iconic imagery in new styles and scenes for the aesthetics of today. The artists provide fresh, exciting ways for new and existing fans of all ages to experience Peanuts.
Scharf’s iconography celebrates the longstanding Peanuts-NASA partnership, including when NASA named the Apollo 10 command and lunar modules “Charlie Brown” and “Snoopy,” respectively. (Apollo 10, which orbited the moon, served as a dress rehearsal for the historic Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969.)