Mars Fest 2022: Second Annual Public Arts Festival at ODU

Mars Fest 2022: Second Annual Public Arts Festival at ODU

October 14, 2022 - October 16, 2022 Sponsorship Packet Get Involved

Join the Barry Art Museum on a voyage to Mars! This fall, the second annual Public Arts Festival at ODU is proud to present Mars: a large-scale sculpture by UK-based artist Luke Jerram. Building on last year’s journey to the Moon, Jerram’s red planet shimmers at nearly 23 feet in diameter; an approximate scale of 1:1 million. Each centimeter of the sculpture represents 10 kilometers of the surface of Mars, and pairs its galactic imagery with lights and custom surround sound.  

Serving as a meeting point on 43rd Street, Mars brings the Tidewater community together for three out-of-this-world nights, featuring presentations and performances by ODU students, professors, and local heroes. Join us for an adventure full of food, vendors, dance, music, and conversation, all exploring the Martian landscape and igniting the imagination of young and old. Alongside lively activities every hour on the hour, telescopes are available to observe the actual red planet. The Barry Art Museum will also be open to welcome visitors with hands-on activities from our partners at NASA Langley. 

Mars is an excursion – a celebration of art and science – that we hope you will be a part of. 

Oct. 14th – Oct. 16th

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public


The Barry Art Museum is grateful to artist Luke Jerram, the Exhibition Advisory Committee, Old Dominion University, NASA Langley and all of our enthusiastic community partners for their generosity and collaborative spirit in the creation of this exhibit and related festival programming.


Exhibition Advisory Committee:


David Bowles, Executive Director, Virginia Institute for Spaceflight & Autonomy

Andrew Carnell, Chief of Staff, NASA Langley Research Center 

Giovanna Genard, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communication & Marketing, ODU

Khan Ifteharuddin, Professor and Associate Dean For Research & Graduate Programs, Batten College of Engineering and Technology, ODU

Solomon Isekeije, Director, Fine Arts Division at Norfolk State University 

Karen Meier, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement, ODU

Melissa Proffitt, Vice President, Virginia Aerospace Business Association

Mary Sandy, Director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Tara Saunders, Executive Director, Real Estate Foundation

Robert Wojtowicz, Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School, ODU


View other installations of Mars