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Gaia

Gaia - Monday 14 to Friday 25 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!
(c) Jim Huntsman
Image by (c) Jim Huntsman

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.  Dance in the UKs most feted ballroom under our earth, with Luke Jerram’s spectacular installation, Gaia. 
 
Take to the floor as the Tower Ballroom organists serenade you to an appropriate selection of night-themed classics, or sit back and relax to enjoy entertainment from local dance schools AA Dance performing ballroom and Latin dance, Langley Dance Academy, Preston’s Fever Dance Company showcasing a mix of fun energy dance moves, plus a special Lightpool Festival performance from House of Wingz.  Entrance is Free, no dancing experience necessary.
 

14 October 6pm – 10.30pm Artwork (with background music from Artist)
15 October 6pm – 10.30pm Artwork (with background music from Artist)
16 October 6pm – 10.30pm Artwork (with background music from Artist)
17 October 7pm – 10.30pm Dance Around the World – Launch Event
 
Bar open till 10pm 7.00 – 8.00
8.00
8.15
8.30 – 9.00
9.00
9.15
9.40 – 10.30
Organist
AA Dance
Langley
Organist
Fever Dance
House of Wingz
Music to dance to
18 October NOT AVAILABLE
19 October 6pm – 10.30pm General Dancing Bar open till 10pm 6.30 – 7.30
7.30 – 10.30
Organist
Music to dance to
20 October 6pm – 10.30pm Artwork (with background music from Artist)
 21 October 6pm – 10.30pm DATW with Fever Dance Bar open till 10pm 7pm
8pm
8.30 – 10.30
Performance
Performance
Music to dance to
22 October 6pm – 10.30pm DATW with Langley Dance Academy Bar open till 10pm 7pm
8pm
8.30 – 10.30
Performance
Performance
Music to dance to
 23 October 6pm – 10.30pm DATW with House of Wingz Bar open till 10pm 7pm
8pm
8.30 – 10.30
Performance
Performance
Music to dance to
 24 October 6pm – 10.30pm DATW with AA Dance Bar open till 10pm 7pm
8pm
8.30 – 10.30
Performance
Performance
Music to dance to
 25 October 6pm – 10.30pm Artwork (with background music from Artist)
26 October NOT AVAILABLE


Please note, this work will not be available to view on 18 October.

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.