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Mars Abstract Art Gallery Index

Last Updated August 07, 2006.

The Mars Abstract Gallery is home to art inspired by the natural beauty and strangeness of Mars. All of the art work here began life as an actual image of Mars returned by one of the robotic planetary missions: Viking, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, or Mars Exploration Rovers. With respect to the source images, no processed images, such as those made available by NASA or the USGS, were used. All of the art on display here began life as raw image data. There are several sources of such raw mission image data on the web. Links to the primary repositories of this data are listed on the Resources page.

The creation of these works sometimes followed a strangely circuitous path but in the end I have managed to retain something of the original image in the final work. In taking a raw image of Mars and transforming it into something else, I am reminded of a particular quote by Nobel Prize winner Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi who said:

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"

The Abstract Artwork

The abstracts are listed here based on the order in which they were added to this gallery, not the order in which they were created. The most recently added art appears at the top of the list.

Cascading Dunes

Cascading Dunes

Distorted pseudo 3D dunes.

Hellas Planitia Alienus image link

Hellas Planitia Alienus

An ancient impact basin or a bacteria?

Martian Stained Glass

Martian Stained Glass

Imagined from the Church of Mars.

Martian Mandala

Martian Mandala

Finding symmetry in Mars.

Cosmic Storm

Cosmic Storm

A view into an astronomical whirlpool.

Not Quite Marilyn

Not Quite Marilyn

The ever popular Marilyn Monroe, or is it? My impression of how Andy Warhol might have represented the infamous Face on Mars

Ashes Dust Stars

Ashes Dust Stars

Flying Volcanoes? What Next?

Genesis

Genesis

The first image of Mars I manipulated purely for artistic reasons.



2005 Jim Plaxco, www.marsartgallery.com