Wheel Of Optimism, 2006

Milled aluminum tire from NASA Mars Rover,
hematite rocks, artificial plants and photo
9 x 9 x 8 inches
Commissioned by NASA, Mars Exploration Program, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

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Artist Statement

E.V. Day visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn about the Mars Exploration Rovers. She so intrigued the Mars scientists that she was
given a sample rover wheel to work with in creating a piece of art titled "Wheel of Optimism" for NASA. Day took the wheel and created a
Martian world within it complete with organic plantlife, rocks and a Martian landscape in the background. Day poetically grapples with the
age old question of whether life on Mars exists or whether it is just a figment of our science fiction imaginations.