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Mariner 9

Coinciding with the landing of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory aka “Curiosity” on the planet at the beginning of August, Kelly Richardson’s Mariner 9 opened in Whitley Bay's historic Spanish City Dome in August 2012.

In a 12 metre-long panoramic installation, the work is a human-scale version of Mars a century or two from now, and a battlefield of real and imagined spacecraft in the centre of a dust storm.

Taking NASA’s own imagery and technical data of the Martian landscape, and using Terragen, a complex scenery generation software used by the film and gaming industries, Kelly has created an uber-realistic red planet, minutely replicating its distinctive geology, weather patterns and soundscape.

(Text from Pixel Palace website - Picture by me with a hand held camera)