Luke Jerram – Museum of the Moon
Luke Jerram is a multidisciplinary artist creating sculpture, installations and live acts. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks. Since 2008, his celebrated street pianos installation ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ has been presented in over 50 cities and been enjoyed by more than 10 million people worldwide.
For GOGBOT he comes with the “Museum of the Moon”! Using images from NASA, the Bristol-based artist, has created a lunar installation, featuring a soundtrack by composer Dan Jones. Each centimetre of his moon represents 5km of the surface of the real one. Visitors are encouraged to “moonbathe” beneath the inflatable.
The Museum of the Moon was inspired by living in Bristol and noticing the huge tidal variation as he cycled over the Avon Cut each day. His moon research also led to his artwork Tide.
“Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon,” says Jerram, “so depending on where the Museum of The Moon is presented in the world, its meaning and interpretation will shift. As the artwork tours, new compositions will be created and performed by a range of established composers and musicians, so adding to the museum’s collection.”
“From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and to aid nighttime navigation.”
Over the coming years Museum of the Moon will be presented in art exhibitions, science, music and light festivals around the world. As the artwork tours, new audio compositions will be created and performed by a range of established composers and musicians, so adding to the Museum of the Moon collection.
The Moon has been presented in many different locations with among others a church, a street of Rotterdam during TECART, and lately on the top of a swimming pool!
‘Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram, co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Without Walls. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.