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Man Has Reached Out and Touched the Tranquil MoonEnlarge image

Man Has Reached Out and Touched the Tranquil Moon, 1970

Joyce Wieland
Canadian, 1930 - 1998
plastic, cotton, wool, and talcum powder
298.5 x 163.2 cm
Purchased 1971
National Gallery of Canada (no. 16708)

Underlining the marriage of technology with the human capacity to dream, Joyce Wieland was inspired by the first line of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s goodwill message from Canada recorded for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in July 1969. Known for her quilted wall sculptures, the artist here employs politics and humour to explore and celebrate a traditional women’s craft. The use of clear plastic playfully represents an astronaut’s face shield.




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