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'Elevator to the Moon: Retro-Future Visions of Space' Opening At Artisphere (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/ 2/2012 10:56 am

Electric Valkyrie
Scott Speck, "Electric Valkyrie"

WASHINGTON -- Where are our flying cars? How about our elevators to the moon, or flight attendants with six arms?

Artisphere is hosting a new exhibition featuring 15 artists' visions of what future space travel was predicted to be, back in the 20th century.

The exhibition includes a Space Invaders battle come-to-life, a "love gun" set to "stunning" (the gun seems to render astronauts invincible in their powers to seduce), a woman in a gold suit with a hat that has light bulbs stemming out of it -- and then there's more astronauts zipping into the sky to meet Jesus.

The images are completely delightful. They also make us remember that once upon a time, right around when Space Invaders was first coming out, we were convinced our Earthly futures would include flying cars.

Oh, wait -- they're in the video below! Maybe that love gun is just around the corner, too.

"Elevator to the Moon: Retro-Future Visions of Space" runs at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) from April 4 - June 9, with an opening reception on April 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dana Ellyn, "Rapture Rocketeers"
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