Gaia - Monday 14 to Saturday 26 October (Blackpool Tower Ballroom) – 6pm to 10.30pm
Gaia is a touring artwork by celebrated UK artist Luke Jerram who brought his ‘Museum of the Moon’ to Blackpool in 2018.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features extraordinarily detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The installation will be located in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, giving visitors the opportunity to dance around the world!
A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones will be played alongside the sculpture.
The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km 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.
Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first time humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, our perception and understanding of our planet changed forever. Hanging in the black emptiness of space the Earth seems isolated, a precious and fragile island of life. From a distance, the Earth is just a pale blue dot.
*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.
The installation will be officially launched on the evening of Thursday October 17 with a special free dance event, Dance Around the World. Resident organists Chris Hopkins and Mark Speight will serenade you to an appropriate selection of night-themed classics, plus outstanding entertainment and performances from local dance schools. Entrance is Free, no dancing experience necessary.
The artwork is created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot Festival and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.