The extremely popular floating art sculpture of planet Earth will appear in Warrington.
‘Gaia’, by artist Luke Jerram, will be at Queens Garden from March 4-6.
The three-dimensional view of Earth measures seven meters in diameter and shows the Earth’s surface as seen from space using NASA images.
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Luke Jerram was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council, the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centers and Jodrell Bank’s Bluedot Festival for the piece.
He wants to communicate the sense of fragility of our planet and how urgently we need to protect and care for our environment.
Indeed, the sculpture has been battered by storms in previous locations such as Pennington Flash and Salford Quays in MediaCityUK, forcing it to close for several days.
Especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it aims to remind us all that we have a responsibility to our planet and to each other.
Visitors will also experience what it is like for astronauts to view our entire interconnected planet from space.
The name “Gaia” comes from Greek mythology, because Gaia is the mother of all the Earth and of life.
BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones’ surround sound composition creates an atmospheric and thought-provoking installation.
Luke’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ sculpture visited Warrington in 2019, which was seen by more than three million people in 25 countries.
Leah Biddle, Culture Manager at Culture Warrington, said: “I’m sure everyone will remember in 2019 when Culture Warrington presented Luke Jerram’s other work, Moon Museum at Parr Hall and the positive impact it has had on the city.
“I am therefore delighted to be able to present Gaia in Warrington town center in March. Like last time, we aim to create a vibrant and inclusive program around work that is unique to Warrington and accessible to all.
Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, said: “I am delighted that the council is able to support this empowering three-dimensional work of art from the Earth, our unique and beautiful home. I expect it to be just as popular – if not more – than the Moon facility we hosted in 2019.”
The sculpture will launch a program of environmentally themed events throughout the month in Warrington. Details are to be announced in the coming weeks.
Amy Dawber, Warrington BID Manager, added: “We are delighted to be involved in bringing Gaia to Warrington this spring. This fits perfectly with the environmental theme and events taking place in Warrington town center over the next few months.