The iconic image of the earth rising above the moon has inspired the launch of a new tartan by Arbroath designer Steve Sim.
The ‘earthrise’ tartan celebrates one of the most famous photographs ever taken, by the crew of Apollo 8.
“I designed it on the actual anniversary of the photo being taken in December,” Steve said. “I was prompted to launch it publicly as it was the anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon a week ago.”
Taken from lunar orbit by Astronaut William Anders on December 24, 1968, the image was declared “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken”, and became the most iconic photograph of the 20th century.
Steve was born in 1969 and has always been interested in that period of history: “It was a universal event which touched the hearts of every human being on the planet. The image was unplanned and seeing it gave me shivers down my spine.”
The tartan depicts the image of the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon. Each of the elements was carefully thought through, a rationale of which can be seen below.
The registered tartan has already received lots of support. Comments from the public include “brilliant concept and design”, “this tartan has a certain serenity about it” and also a few people’s preference over the Commonwealth Games tartan.
Although declining to feature the tartan, NASA found the time amongst space exploration to send a message to Steve: “We’re happy to know that space and the exploration of space inspires you. We do appreciate you letting us know about the earthrise tartan.