Art & Design © Nicole Santucci 2010 - 2019

Lunar Land Ordinance

36 plots of lunar land
60 km x 60 km


Lunar Land Ordinance is documentation of a 60 km x 60 km square of lunar land divided into 36 equal sections, as determined by the Jeffersonian Grid, which was debuted by the Land Ordinance of 1785. On March 1, 2014, the plots hit the market at a mere $5 per 100 sq. km. Predictably, the surveyed land sold like hotcakes and the rest is history, resulting in the legendary Lunar Land Grab.

From the body of work Go West and Conquer All Above You, which addresses the romanticism surrounding exploration, landscapes void of civilization, and the human tendency to organize geography. It specifically considers the efforts of contemporary space programs and the likely sites for extra-terrestrial expansion in relation to the mindset and attitude of American pioneers and the westward expansion of the United States. The exhibition intends to encourage viewers to consider how romanticism of untouched landscapes can ultimately lead to the negation of the wildness that was initially attractive.

Made in collaboration with Lee Cody.