Lonely Planet Writer

Life on Mars? See a hyper-realistic art installation of life on the red planet in Trafalgar Square

We might still be a long way away from setting foot on Mars, but an art installation in London could give you a taste of what things would be like on the Red Planet if we ever ventured there. A replica landscape of the fourth rock from the Sun was unveiled at Trafalgar Square featuring a 400-square metre canvas resembling the red and rocky Martian surface – complete with canyons, craters and ravines.

See a 400-square metre canvas resembling the red and rocky Martian surface
See a 400-square metre canvas resembling the red and rocky Martian surface Image by Casey Gutteridge

The installation, created as part of a campaign  to launch its documentary drama MARS on the National Geographic Channel, also features Bridget – the prototype planetary rover which astronaut Tim Peake remotely controlled from the International Space Station back in March. The hyper-realistic scene was brought to life with the help of 3D fibreglass, which was used to create the rocky sculptures.

The hyperrealistic scene was brought to life with the help of 3D fibreglass
The hyperrealistic scene was brought to life with the help of 3D fibreglass Image by Casey Gutteridge

MARS is a six-part series produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Michael Rosenberg and tells the story of a crew making their first manned mission to the Red Planet and their attempts to colonise it.

Documentary tells the story of a crew making their first Mars manned mission
Documentary tells the story of a crew making their first Mars manned mission Image by Casey Gutteridge

If this has got you all excited about the Red Planet then be sure to check out the ‘Mars showhome’ that will be open for viewing at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from 10 to 16 November. Built by Cardiff company Wild Creations, the igloo-like home features a dome-like structure combined with recycled spacecraft parts, including a double air-locked entrance. Apparently, the home is designed to protect the early settlers from Mars’s unforgiving atmosphere and freezing temperatures – and is part of an exhibition that will bring to life visions of the colony and facts about our future on the Red Planet.

MARS premieres on National Geographic on 13 November at 9pm.

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