View through the Mars Kaleidisphere

The Mars Kaleidisphere is an interactive sculpture created by local artists, Tom Williams, John Rogers, and Mike Frankel. Created with recycled materials – a decommissioned 150-pound propane tank built in 1946 – the work of public art was installed and unveiled at Lowell Observatory on October 13, 2013.

“You’re going to love this,” said Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours at the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the interactive public sculpture at Lowell Observatory.

The propane tank was donated to the project by John Graves of Graves Propane. Inside the hollow sculpture is a creation by John Rodgers, a local designer and builder of industrial strength kaleidoscopes. An eyepiece allows for free viewing of kaleidoscopic Mars images through use of a hand wheel.

The new sculpture is on display outside the visitor’s center at Lowell Observatory for free public viewing.


The Mars Kaleidisphere


View from inside


The Mars Kaleidisphere with artists in reflection