An incredible new installation from Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram displays an inflated photo-realistic model of the moon with imagery taken from a NASA satellite that was launched in 2010. It is set to be displayed at different festivals around the world in the coming months.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the Museum of the Moon exhibit is a scaled down replica, with one centimetre on the sphere being equal to five kilometres in actual distance. The exhibition features detailed imagery at 120dpi and highlights ongoing lunar exploration and research. It is accompanied by surround-sound compositions by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.
The artwork was created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork.
“Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon, so depending on where the Museum of The Moon is presented in the world, its meaning and interpretation will shift. As the artwork tours, new compositions will be created and performed by a range of established composers and musicians, so adding to the museum’s collection,” Luke said.
So far the piece has been showcased at the Lakes Alive festival in Kendal, where it was suspended in St. Thomas’ Church for visitors to see. A programme of musical and spoken word performances also took place beneath the moon at the event. The exhibition is set to travel to Marseilles in France this month before being displayed in Belgium as well as at a selection of festivals across the United Kingdom.
“Like the moon, this artwork acts as a ‘cultural mirror’ that allows us to observe and contemplate cultural differences around the world. As it tours, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next,”Luke said about the tour. The artist’s past projects include a fleet of abandoned boats that were on display in Leigh Woods and a selection of pianos out on the street. More information on his work is available on his website.