Inspired by the cover of the book ‘The Tyranny of Distance’ by Geoffrey Blainey, a javascript algorithm generates a depiction of a future Mars colony.


It is a companion artwork for this essay, drawing parallels between the journey between Europe and Australia in 1787:

“The course they had followed from England amounted to some 14,000 miles and had taken eight months and a week, of which actual sailing time was six months.”

Jammed into cramped quarters for six months? That’s right on the money for the average time it takes NASA to send a robot to Mars – about six to eight months.

Initially written in TypeScript and transpiled into 79.97KB of JavaScript, it is rendered with the canvas API within your web browser.