MTV used to dominate television before they established the novelty reality formats. Their first-ever broadcast was the footage from the Apollo 11 expedition. Yes, you guessed it right; this was the first spaceflight that helped in landing humans on the moon back in 1969. The flag, which the astronauts placed on the moon’s surface, did not carry the stars and stripes. Instead, it took the brand’s neon sign, and the voiceover was heard that declared: Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to rock and roll.

Brief History On MTV And The Moonperson

MTV gained access into pop culture on 1st August 1981 and became entirely indelible for many decades, and so did the Moonperson. This Moonperson is iconic and legendary as it appears on every VMA award since it was launched back in 1984. But on Sunday, MTV did something unique and released a reimagined version of the Moonperson Trophy with vines and flowers.

Kehinde Wiley did this incredible reimagination work. A life-sized replica of it was also created and is placed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre Vision Complex in Cape Canaveral, which is located in Florida. The Moonperson stands out as the extraordinary edition sculpture that features an iridescent façade, which is covered with green and luscious vines. Apart from that, the sculpture carries bright and brilliant pink-shaded florals.

Getting To Know Kehinde Wiley

Wiley is an artist who is well-known for his naturalistic representation that places all the Black subjects within a stylish attire upon patterned backdrops, which carries art-historical perspectives. He is the first-ever Black-American individual to paint a portrait of a U.S. President when condensed Barack Obama.

His work is currently displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. MTV praised Kehinde during their interview with Rolling Stones. They say that his [Wiley] Moon Person figure represents the multifariousness and inclusivity marked by nature, environmental and traditional significances of the botanicals.

T.V. also said that the vines displayed on the sculpture seamlessly flow to the upper area and all around the arms and legs of the statue. Each of the vines carries different past importance, such as one has the seed of African workers, which is intertwined within the American decoration.

Last Words To Share

The reimaged version of MTV’s Moonperson is receiving a lot of attention from people across the world. This is all thanks to Kehinde Wiley’s hard work. The sculpture complements perfectly with the portraits, which he will soon release for the public.


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