Inviting passers-by to “sample life on Mars ahead of the new major exhibition at the Design Museum,” the Mars Estate Agency Pop-Up proved rather a baffling concoction, with very little science on offer.
Taking place in Great Windmill Street in Soho, the pop up was crammed into a tiny space, with the lion’s share being taken up by a heavily branded Campari bar.
Of some interest was a couple of hydroponic kitchen units, but there was no explanation as to what was being grown or what their connection to a Mars mission may be.
Finally, something space related!
There was a table with a random selection of snacks and some kind of fashion thing wedged in the corner. It was all a bit disappointing, to be honest.
I’m hopeful that the Moving To Mars exhibition opening at the Design Museum on the 18th October 2019 proves more satisfying. Here’s the details:
Moving to Mars
18th Oct 2019 – 23rd Feb 2020
Should we stay or should we go?
Tickets will go on sale 20 July 2019
What to expect
Step into a full-scale Mars home, immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the landscape and learn how rethinking daily life for a zero-waste, clean energy-powered civilisation might help future generations on Earth.
Children born today are the first who might witness a human mission to Mars in their lifetime. It’s one of humanity’s great challenges and everything will need to be designed – but should we even be going?
The exhibition features immersive environments, original objects from NASA, the European Space Agency and SpaceX; NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge winners, AI SpaceFactory; robotic builders by Foster & Partners; the first spacesuit designed for the Mars surface; Christopher Raeburn’s new fashion collection inspired by Mars and much more.