artist luke jerram is taking a seven meter diameter moon across the world. the touring art installation is lit from within, illuminating hyper-detailed NASA imagery sourced from the lunar surface. with an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the spherical sculpture represents five kilometers of the astronomical body’s actual surface. ‘museum of the moon’ has since taken shape at venues across the UK and europe, with a program of events planned for coming years. each setting activates the site, creating an ongoing collection of personal responses, narratives and mythologies.
‘museum of the moon’ brings together lunar imagery, light, and a sound composition by composer dan jones. the installation will be exhibited in a variety of ways both indoors and out — whether sited at art exhibitions, or music/light festivals around the world.
jerram hopes that the sculpture will open up a conversation about the moon’s cultural and societal impact throughout history. since the beginning of time, the astronomical body has had a range of interpretations and functions, being used as a timekeeper, a calendar and an aid in nighttime navigation. artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians have all been drawn to the moon as a source of inspiration and exploration, with their own scientific and religious relationships forged. ‘museum of the moon’ prompts viewers to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences across the world.
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