"Fallen Astronaut" by artist Paul Van Hoeydonck, left on the Moon on August 1, 1971 (via NASA)

“Fallen Astronaut” by artist Paul Van Hoeydonck, left on the Moon on August 1, 1971 (via NASA)

Inspired by the Harper’s Index, Sum of the Arts is a periodic tabulation of numbers floating around the art world and beyond.

  • Height in inches of an aluminum “Fallen Astronaut” by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck left by the Apollo 15 crew on the moon = 3.3
  • Number of conservators who repainted a B-25J Mitchell bomber at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in the colors flown by Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22 = 3
  • Number of books Salvador Dalí published in his lifetime = 4
  • Layers of material in Neil Armstrong’s lunar spacesuit, for which the Smithsonian’s National Art and Space Museum raised conservation funds on Kickstarter = 12
  • Percentage of 1,300 art galleries surveyed last year whose annual revenue was under $200,000 = 55
  • Percentage of anesthesiologists polled in 1997 who reported the playing of music in their operating rooms = 72
  • Age in years of a bonsai tree that survived the bombing of Hiroshima and is currently on view at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC = 390
  • Number of sculptures made by Chares of Lindos, ancient Greek artist famed for creating one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes (none of his works have survived) = 1,500
  • People in the United States without an internet connection = 47,000,000

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Allison C. Meier is a former staff writer for Hyperallergic. Originally from Oklahoma, she has been covering visual culture and overlooked history for print...