A cold night on Mars

   by Alyssa Ruiz for Somewhere in Time (2015)

I used tools like a hot glue gun, paint brushes, and an X-Acto knife. I used many techniques, including the one I used to make the ground look like mars, which was layering different shades of oranges, browns, yellows, and reds until it got that mars look. I used clay to make the astronaut, and the boy looking into the telescope. I also used the cardboard box the materials came in as the base, wood pieces to make the wind turbine, and the cotton balls to make the "ice" over the water, and the flowers. I also wanted to show the cold by "fogging" the "glass" on the boy's futuristic room. I did this by making the clear plastic less shiny and more dull by rubbing nail polish remover on it, giving it that fogging effect. I used the bag the smaller materials, like the small wood pieces came in to make the blanket for the bed, and cut the foam square for the bed.

My inspiration for the theme "somewhere in time," was the discovery of water on Mars. I chose the future because I believe that the finding of water on mars will lead to future traveling there and maybe even living, as my project demonstrates.

Another inspiration I had was the thought of what this world will be like in the future if we continue to treat Earth the way we do, forcing us to find another home, Mars. So the boy is looking through his telescope and sees Earth as more of a brown color instead of blue and green, due to pollution.