With the success of the Curiosity rover, Mars is hot right now. NASA wanted to create a series of artwork about life on the red planet, and artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick delivered. Their collection of photographs, titled Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea, depicts two women exploring the Martian landscape and ruins, empty from the apocalypse of a human colony or possibly some earlier civilization.
Don’t take these locations at face value, however. Even though these photos appear to depict alien landscapes, many of the locations were found right here on good ol’ Earth. The rest are crafted from a mosaic of pictures taken by past space rovers Opportunity and Spirit. Beyond the two women, the photos are populated by eerie silver figures and strange structures. The project also includes sculptures and installation art, which can be found alongside the pictures on the project’s homepage.
Kahn and Selesnick have a great eye for the “Martian art style,” creating images that look like a real-life cover of a pulp sci-fi novel. Maybe someday we’ll be able to explore previously undiscovered ruins like these two nameless astronauts?