Earth sculpture coming to the Apex in October

 Gaia, an enormous spherical sculpture of the Earth, will be installed at the Apex,in Bury St Edmunds from October 3 to 18.

Created by UK artist, Luke Jerram the seven-metre diameter, rotating artwork will provide an immersive experience for visitors creating a sense of the “Overview Effect” as experienced by astronauts.

The sculpture’s name is derived from the Greek word Gaia meaning “earth”; in Greek mythology Gaia is the personification of the earth. It is the first time this artwork will be displayed in East Anglia.

Featuring  detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface at 120dpi resolution, the internally lit artwork allows us to see our planet floating in three-dimensions. A specially created surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer, Dan Jones, will be played alongside the sculpture.

The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first time humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, the perception and understanding of our planet changed forever.

“I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home,” said Luke Jerram.

Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram’s multi-disciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. He has created a number of extraordinary art projects, which have excited and inspired people around the globe and is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks such as The Museum of the Moon.

The artwork has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Gaia can be viewed at the Apex from October 3 to 18, between 10am and 4pm daily.

To ensure social distancing, a limited number of people will be allowed to enter the auditorium at any given point and time slots will be limited to 25 minutes. Visitors will be required to wear their own facemask in the auditorium and hand sanitiser stations will be available.

Pre-booking is essential either online at www.theapex.co.uk, by telephone on 01284 758000 or in person from the Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD; booking opens August 28.

For more information about Gaia visit www.my-earth.org

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