Monthly Archives: February 2018

Science, Art and Engineering Collide

My day job is to analyze geospatial data on the computer. The data, usually from cameras looking down at Earth and Mars, is really interesting to look at: lava flows, sand dunes, river channels, among many other things. It’s value is primarily to science, but the world’s patterns and abstractness have artistic value. Many people recognize this, and some celebrate this by contributing to The Art of Planetary Science Exhibition in Tucson, AZ. There are many submissions this year from almost a hundred artists, and I’m happy to be one of those contributors this year in 2018. My submission this year is a carved HiRISE DTM, and is my first completed 3D carve of topography. I’m happy with the way it turned out!

Description of Piece: A place on Mars in miniature Fissure and Channel Southeast of Olympus Mons. Carved by a homemade computer numerical control (CNC) milling machine; surface tone painted by hand. Image data were provided by The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera in orbit around Mars, which were processed into a digital terrain model by the HiRISE Science Team.