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Alex Israel and Eli the Chimp’s Vision of the Future

The artist Alex Israel and the famous Eli the Chimp have collaborated on an out-of-this-world vision of the year 2057, where our life on Mars is missing one earthly thing: art.

Released on 8/14/2017

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[loud reverberating humming]
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[Narrator] There was one thing that Plutocrats had failed
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to take with them when they were departing planet Earth.
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Art.
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At first they felt a subtle ghost itch, a muted ennui,
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the roots of which they couldn't quite locate.
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But over time it became apparent
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that their new lives lacked beauty, emotional gravitas.
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They needed aspiration.
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They needed big ideas.
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"Without art," declared a renowned oil baron
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at the annual Red Planet Summit,
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"life on Mars is as hollow as the McLaughlin Crater."
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And there was word of a repository of some
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of the last great works, a 40,000 square foot
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architectural masterpiece in Malibu, California.
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Had it survived?
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Could the art still be intact?
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There was only one way to find out.
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[loud reverberating humming]