In a Hundred Billion Galaxies
The title of this mural, which shows three astronauts enjoying a bit of otherworldly skateboarding, comes from a quote from author and scientist Carl Sagan’s book Cosmos: “Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
The artist featured her signature character, Bean the Astronaut, doing an activity that she wishes she could do but cannot. This is typical of her work–Bean (named after astronaut and artist Alan Bean, who was part of the crew of the Apollo 12 mission and was the 4th person to walk on the moon) is multi-talented and adventurous, providing inspiration for anyone who sees him in the many street murals around town. The skateboarding theme was suggested by the location of the mural in Broad Ripple Village, known for its youth culture and skateboarding activity.
Joy Hernandez is an aerosol and acrylic artist and muralist, originally from Kewanee, Illinois, but currently based out of Indianapolis, Her work can be found at the Full Circle Nine Gallery, a gallery she founded and owns inside the Circle City Industrial Complex, near downtown Indianapolis. With a background in animation, television news, and journalism, Hernandez has created a colorful artistic world focusing on bright colors, subject matter that makes her happy or grabs her attention, and an appreciation of science fiction, pop culture, comic art, and cartooning.
The mural was painted in 2021 as part of the Jiffy Lube Murals series, created in partnership between Jiffy Lube of Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.