Adrift on the Hourglass Sea: Sci-Fi Images Commissioned by NASA
In honor of the Mars Curiosity mission, NASA commissioned a series of unusual, sci-fi-style surreal images from the duo known as “kahnselesnick” called Adrift on the Hourglass Sea. They were asked to create a series that represented the pair’s vision of an existence on mars. The artists adorned photo-mosaic panoramas provided to them by NASA from previous expeditions to the red planet, “Spirit” and “Opportunity.” They then combined the real images with fantasy and imagination, infusing fantastical elements of science fiction into very real images.
The dream-like scenarios include specially created sculptures and installations, and deliberately features solely women, as Nicholas Kahn of kahnselesnick explains:
“I think earth wouldn’t be on its path toward destruction if it was run by women, so we decided to give mars a little hope by sending two women up who wouldn’t necessarily see conquering and seizing all of its minerals as a main thing.”
You can view more of their series at TheHourGlassSea.com.