Mars Estate Agency Pop-Up: a baffling taster of the Design Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

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.

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

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.

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

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.

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

Finally, something space related!

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

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.

Moving To Mars: a baffling taster of the Design Museum's forthcoming exhibition, July 2019

Forthcoming exhibition

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
Website

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.

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