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.

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all images © luke jerram, unless otherwise credited

 

 

‘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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the installation sited at the lakes alive festival in the UK

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‘museum of the moon’ at the university of bristol, UK

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the installation will be exhibited in a variety of venues — both indoors and out
photo by simon galloway

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the sculpture opens up a conversation about the moon’s cultural and societal impact
photo by simon galloway

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the touring art installation is lit from within

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the luminous moon placed above the streets of rotterdam 

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the installation prompts viewers to contemplate cultural similarities and differences across the world.

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hyper-detailed NASA imagery sourced from the lunar surface wraps the outer surface of the installation 

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each centimeter of the sculpture represents five kilometers of the moon’s actual surface

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each setting creates an ongoing series of personal responses, stories and mythologies

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the sculpture at OORtreders festival in the netherlands

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live music takes place beneath the moon’s luminous shell 

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