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 at:
- Oerol Festival, Netherlands. 9 – 18 June 2017
- Cork Midsummer Festival, Ireland. 21-30 June 2017
- Greenwich+Docklands Festival, UK. 23 – 25 June 2017
- Festival Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes, France. 11 June – 2 July 2017
- Thinktank, Birmingham, UK. July – August 2017
- GOGBOT Festival, Enschede, Netherlands. 7 – 10 September 2017
So far been presented at:
- Norfolk & Norwich Festival, UK. 12 – 21 May 2017
- University of Bristol, UK March 2017
- TEC ART Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands. February 2017
- OORtreders Festival, Belgium. October 2016
- Lieux Publics ‘Travellings’, Marseilles, France. September 2016
- Lakes Alive, Kendal, UK. August 2016
- Bristol Balloon Fiesta, UK. August 2016
Contact us if your organisation is interested in presenting the artwork in the future. The artwork will be presented in a number of different ways:
- Indoor or outdoor installations, with lunar compositions played in surround sound from speakers in the space. The artwork also acts as a venue, for a curator programme of lunar-inspired events beneath the Moon.
- An Evening with the Moon. Providing the opportunity to swim beneath the moon, the event would take place in an old fashioned swimming pool. The evening would include presentations about the moon; its history, science and mythologies and after swimming in the moonlight, lunar inspired food and drinks.
- A night time parade, filling the streets with light and music. Streetlights will be switched off 100m in advance of the artwork’s arrival.
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 5.5GB image used to create the 120dpi 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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