A Monument to Curiosity

A Monument to Curiosity

 

The large scale Curiosity sculpture is here! Well, actually it is in Pasadena California, and just in time for its big brother’s first brithday on the surface of mars. This piece is made from waterjet cut HDPE plastic fastened together with aluminum angles and a variety of fasteners. The piece is on display in Pasadena at the corner of Del Mar Blvd and Bonnie Ave for the next two years as part of City’s rotating public art program. The piece is based on my original woodkit model and it is approximately half scale to the actual rover on Mars.

Curiosity Rover

The final construction is a fantastic sight with its vibrant red base and high contrast black and white body and measures 5′ x 5′ x 8′ as it sits mounted atop a steel post, surveying the fantastic urban landscape of Pasadena, set against the surrounding mountains. Over 130 pieces and a few hundred fasteners were required to realize the piece in this scale so this is not your average model kit! For me this piece is a simple honor to the great men and women of science who have the knowledge and drive to explore the far reaches of the cosmos. It is also a tribute to the fantastic engineering that makes these machines possible.