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Mars Colonization as Seen Through the Eyes of Jac Kephart


I honestly can’t recall the exact moment I noticed the stunning pieces of art gracing one of the hallways of Wubben Sciences Center (Colorado Mesa University). All I remember is standing with my mouth open, staring at the five mixed-media canvases, wondering who the artist was and what they depicted (the descriptive plaques came a few weeks later).

I’m not an art expert by any means. The only “artwork” I have in my house is some wild life and landscapes. I don’t know the different periods, how to tell a Monet from a Picasso, or what the worth is of various pieces.

All I know is that these particular canvases were irresistible. I came in through the same door every day just to walk by the paintings. Once the descriptive plaques appeared, my appreciation grew into an all-out love.

I’ve always had a soft spot for space. Heck, I even dreamed of being an astronaut when I was a kid. But all the math and the fact that I puke on the Tilt-O-Whirl sort of shut down that particular career  path. But my fascination never waned. I’d love to travel to the far-reaches of the galaxy, even to other universes…as long as my ship doesn’t go all Event Horizon on me.

This one is titles "Vegas Mars". Stunning visualization of the way tourism would play out on the Red Planet

This one is titles “Vegas Mars”. Stunning visualization of the way tourism would play out on the Red Planet

"Algae Farms on Mars"  Water brings the possibility for growing alien plants. Just as long as the plants don't eat people :D

“Algae Farms on Mars”
Water brings the possibility for growing alien plants. Just as long as the plants don’t eat people 😀

"Colonization of the New World" would be quite different than colonization of Earth. With an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide,   gravity less than Earth, and massive dust storms, people would be forced to live in specially-constructed buildings.

“Colonization of the New World” would be quite different than colonization of Earth. With an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide, gravity less than Earth, and massive dust storms, people would be forced to live in specially-constructed buildings.

"Colony on Phobos: Moon of Mars"   Another place for a colony would be on the potato-shaped moon.

“Colony on Phobos: Moon of Mars”
Another place for a colony would be on the potato-shaped moon.

These pieces were donated by the artist, Jac Kephart, and his wife, Patricia. I’ve since looked up Jac and looked at some of his work. And while it’s all good, these mixed-media works of his vision of life on Mars will always be my favorites. If you want to see some of his pieces, Pinterest is a good spot to go.

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