Ghanaian Artist Amoako Boafo's Triptych Blasts into Space on Blue Origin's New Shepard Rocket on August 26, 2021

UPDATED Time: Launch targeting Thursday, August 26, at 8:35 am CDT / 2:35pm BST / 9:35 pm HKT

Location: Launch Site One in West Texas

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PARK CITY, Utah, August 20, 2021 — Uplift Aerospace is delighted to announce the inaugural launch of the ‘Suborbital Triptych’ series, which will propel specially commissioned works of art into space. The first triptych painted by renowned Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo, will be launched into space on August 26, 2021, from the Blue Origin launch facility near Van Horn, Texas. The ‘Suborbital Triptych’ series is a collaboration between Uplift Aerospace, a pioneering technology company in the aerospace industry, and Blue Origin, a privately-funded space company and manufacturer of reusable launch vehicles and engines, and is the first of many initiatives of the Uplift ‘Art x Space’ Program. The ‘Art x Space’ Program is curated for Uplift Aerospace by Magnet Empyrean and its founder Jill Clark.

Image 1. Blue Origin New Shepard Rocket

At 8:35 am CDT on August 26, ‘New Shephard’, Blue Origin’s reusable suborbital rocket, will travel into space with a specially commissioned triptych by the renowned Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo painted on the top of the crew capsule on the main chute covers. When this triptych of painted rocket panels launches, Boafo will be the first artist from the African continent to have created an artwork propelled into space.

Josh Hanes, Uplift Aerospace’s CEO, says: “I’m inspired by the idea that this incredible artwork will be lit by distant galaxies, with Earth as a backdrop. I hope this will allow viewers a closer connection with the cosmos and the precious planet we call home.”

On behalf of Blue Origin, Erika Wagner says: “We’re honored to fly Amoako’s works of art to space and back on board New Shepard. His stunning portraits capture Black joy and the kind of shared future we hope to create for us all in space: vibrant, beautiful, and full of wonder.”

Boafo’s ‘Suborbital Triptych’

Rendered in the artist’s signature, bold painting style, Boafo’s triptych—Self Portrait with Pink Tulips (2021), Shormeh’s Gold Earrings (2021) and White and Gold Head Wrap (2021)—comprises intimate portraits, including his mother; the mother of his childhood friend and international artist, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe; and the artist himself.

Boafo says: “A self-portrait looking up to the skies best explains what this project means to me. I grew up knowing the sky was the limit and now I get to work on a project that goes beyond the sky as we know it. This signifies what is possible when creatives like myself are given the chance to not only break the glass ceiling but go above it.”

Referring to the portraits of his and Otis’s mother, Boafo continues: “My mother ha