To celebrate 50 Years of bringing art to Marco Island and beyond, the Marco Island Center for the Arts has unveiled a one-of-a-kind time capsule that will launch voices from the community and around the world into the future. Marco Island Center for the Arts is now home to this unique replica of the Friendship 7 Capsule that first orbited the earth in 1962. The Art Center capsule was designed to become a permanent art installation. The space/time capsule made entirely of steel and fabricated in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA by Bosio Metal Specialists, Inc. with paint and art design by Tricked Out Custom Cycles and Wile-E-Designs.
The capsule was conceived and commissioned by Art Center Board President, Jim Richards. Richards and his wife Allyson have generously underwritten the remarkable new art installation and vessel that will house contributions from visitors to the Art Center. The capsule will capture stories and items that embody not only the spirit of community within Marco Island and Collier County but from all over the world via visitors to SWFL. The capsule is part of the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island Center for the Arts and will serve as a way for members, residents, and visitors to honor the past, celebrate the present, and launch their voice into the future. The space/time capsule will be sealed in early 2021 and not reopened until the year 2070 when the Art Center celebrates its 100th-year anniversary.