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Mars is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery* of the Martian surface. At an approximate scale of 1:1million, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 10 kilometres of the surface of Mars.

The artwork allows us to view Mars from the air, as though we are a satellite mapping and studying the surface in perfect detail. Every valley, crater, volcano and mountain is laid bare for us to inspect.  The artwork transports us to this desert wasteland, to imagine what it’s like to step foot on this incredible planet. 

Over its lifetime, Mars will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. The installation is a fusion of Mars imagery, light and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

*The Mars artwork is made from NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data.

Mars as a venue for events

Mars also acts as a venue, with local hosts creating their own programme of events to take place beneath the artwork.  Venues may choose to host music and orchestral performances, film nights, space lectures by astronomers, discussions with scientists. You might have some other interesting ideas?

Touring and for Permanent Collections

The new Mars artwork has just begun to be presented temporarily in festivals and museums. Check out this MARS educational leaflet  which will be distributed to visitors at exhibitions in the UK.

Editions of the artwork have also been acquired for the permanent collections of Houston Museum of Natural Science and Questacon Museum in Australia.

Background

Mars follows on from Luke’s other astronomical artworks the Museum of the Moon and his Earth artwork Gaia.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 23 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Find out more via his main website. In 2019 Luke Jerram was elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. 

Book for Sale

Luke Jerram: Art, Science & Play provides a fascinating insight into the evolving practice of international artist Luke Jerram. With over fifty colour photographs and two specially commissioned texts by Ken Arnold (Wellcome Collection) and Mark Ball (Manchester International Festival) the publication delves into the mind of an artist known for his imaginative ability to combine art, science and play, showing us that (in his own words) “anything is possible”. The book features this artwork Gaia and the The Museum of the Moon.

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*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from MRO data – Visible Earth series, NASA.

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