Gaia by Luke Jerram
NOW OPEN | 22 April – 26 JUNE 2022
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See our planet like never before with Gaia by Luke Jerram at St Paul’s Cathedral
Visitors will be able to gaze upon the Earth as if from space, without ever having to leave the atmosphere. The awe-inspiring art installation, called Gaia, is by the same artist who first brought Museum of the Moon to Melbourne in 2018. For the first time, this stunning artwork is being displayed in an indoor setting in Australia, suspended in the central crossing of the Cathedral.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the internally-lit sphere is 1.8 million times smaller than the real earth. It has been recreated from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and each centimetre of the sculpture represents 18km of our planet.
The 3D installation rotates once every four minutes, 360 times faster than our real planet and is accompanied by a specially made composition by BAFTA Award-winning composer Dan Jones.
The installation creates a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another.
There is no charge for entry to the Cathedral to see Gaia however, donations are encouraged. The donations of our visitors are vital to support the Cathedral’s mission and ministry and to continue to enable important projects and exhibitions like Gaia.
Gaia is created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.
Discover Gaia at St Paul’s Cathedral
Gaia is open to the public during the Cathedral’s normal visiting hours. Please do check opening times for the day you wish to visit. Admission is free.
School, church & community groups are welcome to register their interest for a free group visit to Gaia at the Cathedral
Lunchtime Concerts Under Gaia
Come and experience Gaia to the sounds of beautiful music! We offer a free Lunchtime Concert, with local and international artists, each Wednesday at 1pm.
Underneath the stunning installation Gaia by Luke Jerram, we are excited to bring a programme of events and activities. Gaia is free to view however some of the activities are ticketed and you will need to book in advance in order to attend.
Gaia at Night
Fri, 13 May | 6pm – 9pm
Stand in awe and experience Luke Jerram’s spectacular replica of the earth as it lights up the darkened Nave of the Cathedral.
Book Launch: The Forest Underground by Tony Rinaudo
Tues, 31 May | 6.30pm
How do you bring back forests without planting a single tree? Hear from Tony Rinaudo on his revolutionary work in Africa and beyond, and celebrate the launch of his inspiring new autobiography.
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About Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks including Museum of the Moon, Glass Microbiology and Play Me, I’m Yours.