The majesty of the moon is due to be suspended beneath the central tower of Lincoln Cathedral for visitors to view.
Between the 7th-27th February the Cathedral will provide a spectacular backdrop for the stunning installation of Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ which measures seven metres in diameter and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
‘Museum of the Moon’ has been seen by millions of people in venues all over the glove and Lincoln Cathedral will soon play host to this highly popular art installation. A fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones, this really is an astonishing experience.
From prototyping to planning and fundraising, the artwork was a labour of love taking 6 months to make. The initial creation was commissioned by many partners who wanted to support this project. “I originally had the idea to make this accurate facsimile of the moon 15 years ago” explains Jerram, “but back then neither the data nor the printing technology were available.”
‘Museum of the Moon’ is made of precise lunar imagery from NASA, making the spectacle extremely impressive. “I wanted to make the artwork seem as authentic and realistic as possible. For most people, this will be their most intimate, personal and closest encounter they will ever have with the moon.”
Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live art projects. For the last 24 years he was been working internationally on several extraordinary art projects which have inspired people around the globe. ‘Museum of the Moon’ was inspired by living in Bristol and noticing the huge tidal variation as he cycled over the Avon Cut each day to work.
“It’s been wonderful to witness the publics’ response to the artwork” Jerram comments, “Many people spend hours with the moon exploring its every detail. Some visitors lie down and moon-bathe. In Leicester one young girl asked, “will you put the moon back afterwards?” she thought I’d stolen the real moon! I reassured the young girl that I would definitely return the moon after the exhibition.”
To date over 10 million people have visited ‘Museum of the Moon’. “I think one of the reasons the artwork has been well received so far, is that is leaves space for the public to interact with one another and participate in a communal shared experience.” Jerram explains. “The artwork can be accessed and enjoyed by different people at different levels – it can be enjoyed as much by a 4 year old child as a professional astronomer.” You can witness the spectacle yourself by visiting Lincoln Cathedral between 10am-5pm on the 7th to the 27th February. Entry to view ‘Museum of the Moon’ is included in Cathedral admission. Visit www.lincolncathedral.com for information on upcoming events, talks, concerts and educational activities.