Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, September 2012
We returned to San Jose for the fifth annual Luna Park Chalk Festival, and decided to celebrate the recent successful touchdown of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover in the Gale Crater on Mars. While researching images of the rover, we discovered that Stephen Pakbaz, an engineer who worked on the NASA project, had also created a Lego model of the rover (actually, he created models of the descent stage and sky crane too). We liked how the Lego model simplified the rover visually, so we downloaded Stephen's CAD model (did you know Lego has a free CAD package for creating Lego objects?) and manipulated it to get a view we liked. Then we added the aliens--who we viewed as helping the rover check out the rocks around the site. Just for fun, we named the three aliens Neil, Buzz and Michael, after the Apollo 11 astronauts.
Cheryl started work with Buzz, the cute alien in the front.
Buzz with some of the available rocks.
By late Friday afternoon, we had much of the peripherals complete--two aliens, a lot of rocks, and some of the upper parts of the rover itself. All that was missing was the rover itself.
The second alien, Neil, carries a shovel as he heads for a rock.
Wayne works on the camera box.
Wayne tapes out an edge for the rover's elevated camera.
Wayne gets some help painting the camera lens from our neighbor Sean.
On Saturday morning, Wayne finishes the camera lens.
An extreme view from the top of the painting.
Cheryl paints rover wheels while Neil looks on.
Wayne works his way down the rover's "neck."
Wayne floats on the rover, working on the back of its body.
We got some welcome help on Saturday afternoon from our niece Catie and her new friend, Micky. Micky was painting a square next to Catie and they hit it off.
We work against the end of day deadline to finish the rover body.
Our friend Monika's pup Gia got to play with Buzz.
Buzz reaches for a cookie.
The finished painting from the upper left.
We were able to come down to the park the next morning, after the park walkways were opened to traffic. There was little apparent damage while we were there, but the colors were starting to fade.
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