Created by Meg Wieboldt, Winthrop Harbor, IL
Title: Mars, The Red Planet
Materials and techniques: Fused fabric; fabric paint; tulle; machine stitching. The images of planet Earth, the Mariner spacecraft, and astronaut were cut from a cotton screen print panel, “Space: The New Frontier,” produced by Benartex Fabrics (www.benartex.com)
About: The focal point of the panel is a red circle denoting the planet, Mars. It is criss-crossed by Martian canals; swirls of wind across the center; and polar ice caps. The upper left corner shows the planet Earth, the origin of exploration and colonization of Mars in the future. The upper right corner shows a Mariner spacecraft, emblematic of Mars planetary intelligence-gathering missions. The bottom of the panel features the varied landscape of the planet, while the astronaut in the lower left corner represents man’s continued exploration of the New Frontier. The geodesic dome in the lower right corner shows potential “housing” for humans and plants/food sources on the Red Planet during future colonization. The dots of fabric paint represent distant stars.