The whole WORLD in his hands! 23ft-wide replica of Earth hangs in Peterborough Cathedral – a year after same artist installed the Moon
- Measuring seven metres in diameter, artwork ‘Gaia’ features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface
- By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon
- The artwork provides the opportunity to see the planet on a detailed scale, floating in three-dimensions
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth and visitors to Peterborough Cathedral can now feel one step closer to his work as they worship beneath a 23-ft wide replica of our planet.
First Rochester Cathedral opened a golf course, then Norwich followed suit with a 55ft-tall helter skelter and now Peterborough has outdone its rivals with a replica of the Earth.
Measuring some seven metres in diameter, ‘Gaia’ features accurate and detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and offers the opportunity to see it floating in three-dimensions.
By standing 211m away from the artwork – named after the Greek goddess Gaia, the personification of the Earth – the public will be able to see the planet as it appears from the moon.
Measuring some seven metres in diameter, ‘Gaia’ features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and offers the opportunity to see it floating in three-dimensions
Gaia, a 23ft replica of planet earth hangs on display inside Peterborough Cathedral
The large installation, created by British artist Luke Jerram, features accurate and detailed imagery from NASA
The stunning installation is 1.8 million times smaller than the Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface.
The touring artwork, by UK artist Luke Jerram, is accompanied by a composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones.
Mr Jerram said: ‘I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home.
‘Halfway through the Earth’s six mass extinction, we urgently need to wake up, and change our behaviour. We need to quickly make the changes necessary, to prevent run away Climate Change.
‘I was amazed and delighted that my Museum of the Moon artwork has been so popular. I’m fully aware that three million members of the public haven’t been coming to see an artwork by ‘Luke Jerram’ but rather ‘the Moon’; an object of universal appeal and cultural significance.
‘With this Gaia Earth artwork, I’m interested in just how different the experience and interpretation is. For our entire human existence we have been gazing up at the moon and projecting all our hopes, dreams and wishes up there. Whereas it was only in 1968 that we were able to see our planet floating in space. ‘
Dean of Peterborough, the Very Rev Chris Dalliston added: ‘I’d like to invite anyone who comes to see it, to spend time reflecting on the beauty of the Earth and the wonderfully rich, but fragile, planet we inhabit.’
The stunning installation is 1.8 million times smaller than the Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface
Choristers from Holy Trinity Church Coventry rehearse for evensong as Gaia, a 23ft replica of planet earth hangs on display