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#1 2018-05-13 08:44:13

louis
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From: UK
Registered: 2008-03-24
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Culture, craft and art on Mars.

I think we should never forget the important role of art and culture on Mars. Here's a quick imaginary tour around the arts quarter of Sagan City - Year 50 PHS (post human settlement).

You can begin the tour in the central atrium - the Atrium Dome. Here in the centre of the dome is the wonderful Mars Globe (20 foot diameter) - a representation of how Mars will look once the planet has been terraformed, fashioned out of Mars material. It is the focal point of the whole community.

Of course the dome is at the heart of commercial activity at Sagan City. Here there are numerous stalls selling Mars souvenirs that will eventually find their way back to Earth.  These are mostly produced in the Studios to the south of the central atrium - a block of units rented out to experts in various crafts.  Jewellery making is one of the most important crafts, but painting ,tapestry and sculpture are also well represented. All made-on-Mars objects carry the distinctive red circle logo and an authentication number which can be checked on the Mars Consortiumwebsite.

Most jewellery is exported to Earth and is a large revenue earner for the settlement.

The Arts Supply Organisation is funded by the Mars Consortium and produces various arts materials including paints and pigments (made from various in situ resources e.g. coloured rocks that are then pulverised), paper (a rare item on Earth), frames, glass, and various metals and other materials used in jewellery making.  The ASO comes under the Mining and Materials Department of the Consortium and so co-ordinates its activities with the wider resource-gathering operations.

A more commercially orientated enterprise is the Rolex factory that operates on Mars, under a rental agreement with the Mars Consortium.  The factory imports watch parts from Earth and then assembles finished watches at the Mars factory incorporating Mars jewels and grains of regolith.  The watches are designed on Earth in collaboration with the Chief Designer on Mars. The factory itself is essentially a robot operation overseen by a few humans. The watches command high prices back on Earth and the business is worth hundreds of millions of dollars per annum.

Other watch manufacturers have expressed an interest in opening factories on Mars.

Mars-produced luxury clothing is also becoming increasingly popular back on Earth. These include Mars-made chiffon scarves and garments and the popular mens jacket Ares Star. The clothing is designed on Mars and produced mostly robotically.

From the Studios gallery you can see the Mars Sculpture Park. This was one of the first artistic endeavours on Mars. Various artists on Earth, including Damien Hirst, were approached and became the first artists to produce objects on Mars. Centrepiece is Damien Hirst's large work "Human Meets Alien" (an imposing  50 foot high sculpture). Various approaches were adopted in producing the sculptures. It is valued at $150 million. Hirst's scultpure was imported from Earth in parts and assembled on Mars. Other sculptures were created on Mars in accordance with designs sent by Earth based artists. Some were robotically assembled by Earth based artists directing Rovers to move stones.  Other sculptures were 3D printed.   The total value of the objects on display in the sculpture park is estimated at over £1 billion.
There are some sound sculptures as well - the sounds are broadcast inside the city at observation points.   

Night lighting is a big feature of Sagan City - a lot of creative effort has been put into lighting the city at night and people often go to the main observation gallery at night to take in the view.

Another aspect of Sagan City's artistic effort is the work put into creating indoor landscapes comprising rocks, vegetation and water features.  In addition some of the outdoor spaces visible from within the pressurised environment have been turned into artificial Earth-like landscapes with artificial flora.

Others are employed by the Architectural Division of the Habitat and Life Support Department working on creating new habitats that are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.

The Mars Arts Colony was established in Year 10 PHS, beginning with a Visual Artist in Residence. There are now also a Sculptor in Residence, Writer in Residence, City Poet and Composer and Leader of Music who form part of the colony.

The central venue for performing arts is the City Hall Complex. The main hall is used for sports (basketball, tennis and roller blade hockey being the main attractions), theatrical performances (by the part-time theatre company of Mars), cinema, lectures, and musical and dance performances.

There is a lively cultural magazine that appears monthly as an e publication "Focus on Mars".  There is also an annual Cultural Prize event.


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