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Luke Jerran’s artwork Museum of the Moon to be exhibited at Southwell Minster

Visitors to Southwell Minster are to see the moon like never before with a new art installation that is coming to the cathedral later this year.

Acclaimed artist Luke Jerram’s Gaia is touring his artwork Museum of the Moon, following last year’s success of Gaia Earth installation.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

The Museum of the Moon art installation by Luke Jerram in Ely Cathedral.
The Museum of the Moon art installation by Luke Jerram in Ely Cathedral.

Planned lunar-inspired events beneath the moon, including concerts and poetry readings, should also add to the awe-inspiring spectacle.

The moon — which is seven metres in diameter — 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.

Glenn Formoy, head of marketing and events at the minster, said: “We were delighted last year to welcome over 11,000 visitors to view Gaia, a seven-meter installation of planet Earth and this year we are excited to share The Museum Of The Moon, another incredible piece of art from the highly acclaimed artist Luke Jerram.

“This is an incredible opportunity to view the moon up close and ponder our place in the world.”

The lunar display will be in Southwell from October 12 to October 22.

There will be pre-bookable hands-on sessions using a borrow the moon box, on loan from the Science and Technology Facilities Councils.

Items include meteorites and specimens of genuine moon-dust to handle and view.

The next Friday Lunchtime Concert at the minster is a Rhapsody in Blue Centenary a week tomorrow.

In the week of the centenary of the premiere of George Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody In Blue, an all-Gershwin recital will feature a performance of the famous ‘jazz-concerto’ on two pianos by Joseph Murfin and Charles Tebbs.

The 45-minute concert starts at 1.30pm.

Admission is free but there is a retiring collection for the Milo Chorister Fund.

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