Gaia

Gaia - Art Installation by Luke Jerram

Gaia at Bluedot 2018 Photo credit by Michael Jones
Gaia at Bluedot 2018 Photo credit by Michael Jones

5 November to 7 November. Every day.

Location: Cathedral Ruins

Time: 10am – 8pm

Cost: Free

Coventry residents will have the chance to see Luke Jerram’s Gaia in a free, ticketed event as part of the City’s Peace Festival.

The thoughtful and creative piece will be on display in the Coventry Cathedral Ruins for three days.

This deeply moving event is completely free of charge, however, you will need to book a ticket in advance. The ticket provides a 30-minute slot at a set time for you to view the artwork with a maximum of four tickets per person

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, which offers viewers of the artwork the chance to see the earth in its true three-dimensional scale. A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. 

The artwork itself is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. If you were to stand 211m away from the artwork, you would be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

By offering people the chance to view the earth, Gaia creates a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. 

This message of peace to the world reflects the city’s role in promoting peace and reconciliation across the world in the aftermath of the Blitz.

Book tickets

Ticketholders are requested to arrive within their allocated 30-minute slot, although they do not need to be there for the start of their slot. Visitors will be asked to leave at the end of their booked time slot to allow the next timed group in.

Please be aware that there will be no toilet facilities within the Ruins during performances. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Gaia is created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres with supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

More details about the Coventry Peace Festival.

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