Experience the wonder of Gaia

13 Aug 2020

Experience the wonder of Gaia

This October, internationally renowned installation Gaia will make its East Coast debut as it is suspended from our Outdoor Stage in all its glory. With the lights of Surfers as the backdrop, this major artwork presents a spectacular view of our planet normally only seen by astronauts.

Gaia is the personification of the Earth in Greek Mythology. Created by UK multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and combines 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface with specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

A companion installation to Luke’s work Museum of the Moon, Gaia has toured extensively across the world and we’re thrilled to be able to present this captivating artwork from a celebrated international artist from 1 to- 14 October 2020.

You’ll be able to stop by during the day and see the sculpture floating atop a makeshift lake, basking in the sunlight. Or visit in the early evening as the Earth glows, rest on the lawn under the stars and take a moment for stillness and reflection.

The stunning installation captures the beauty and fragility of our planet. In a time where people are exhausted and overwhelmed, this captivating artwork offers a gentle space for quietness and reflection.

Luke Jerram is a UK-based artist known globally for his multidisciplinary work including sculptures, installations and live artworks, which combine art, science and play. His most recent installation Museum of the Moon has been viewed by over 3 million people worldwide and was presented in Australia at the Commonwealth Games and recently at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

Luke told us: “Gaia creates a sense of the Overview Effect, the experience of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment, as felt by astronauts in outer space. Now in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for our natural world.”

The installation will be accompanied by a program of events including classical music, contemporary dance, talks from thought-leaders, and more – be the first to find out and get access to tickets by signing up to our e-news here. 

Acknowledgements

Event Partner
Paradise Point Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank

Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.