Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon 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*.
Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series lunar inspired events beneath the moon.
From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon.
Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world, and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift. Read more in Research. Through local research at each location of the artwork, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next.
Each venue to present the artwork can programme their own series lunar inspired events beneath the moon. Below are a selection of events that that have taken place so far…
Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, At-Bristol, Lakes Alive, Without Walls and Les Tombees de la Nuit, Rennes.
Over the coming years Museum of the Moon will be presented in art exhibitions, science, music and light festivals around the world. As the artwork tours, new audio compositions will be created and performed by a range of established composers and musicians, so adding to the Museum of the Moon collection.
Museum of the Moon will next be presented in:
- British Council tour of India. Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai 27th January – 4th March
- W5, Belfast. 10 February – 4th March
- Leicester Cathedral, University of Leicester’s British Science Week, 8 – 18 March
- Commonwealth Games, Australia, 4-15th April
- UZ Arts, Glasgow, Scotland, 11 May – 24th June
- Kelburn Garden Party, Scotland, 29 June – 1st July
- Tintern Abbey, Wales, 14 – 20 May
- Tall Ship Regatta, Liverpool, 24th May – 7th June
- Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain, 30 May – 3 June
Presented previously in:
Aarhus, Denmark, European Capital of Culture. Lee Tung Avenue, Hong Kong. Comic Con, NYC. Plaisirs d’Hiver Winterpret, Brussels. La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona. Light Night Leeds UK. Biela Noc, Slovakia & Bratislava. Festival of Imagineers, Coventry, UK. Terni Festival, Italy. GOGBOT Festival, Enschede, Netherlands. White Night, Riga, Latvia. The Guildhall, Derry, Northern Ireland. Thinktank, Birmingham, UK. Greenwich+Docklands Festival, London. Cork Midsummer Festival, Ireland. Festival Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes, France. Dubai UAE. Oerol Festival, Netherlands. Norfolk & Norwich Festival, UK. University of Bristol, UK.
Contact us if your organisation is interested in presenting the artwork in the future. The artwork can be presented in a number of different ways. See examples in Tour. The artwork can be exhibited indoor or outdoors, with lunar compositions played in surround sound from speakers in the space. Your curator can programme lunar-inspired events beneath the Moon.
Editions of the Museum of the Moon artwork, have been acquired by museums in Barcelona and Sydney.
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 20 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Find out more through his main website here.
The 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. His moon research also led to his artwork Tide.
*The massive 21meter wide, high resolution image used to create the moon artwork, was created by the Astrogeology Science Centre in the USA. The imagery was taken by a NASA satellite carrying the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera launched in 2010.
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