The Museum of the Moon
Chichester Cathedral will host Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, the Museum of the Moon, from this October.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, the Museum of the Moon 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.
The installation, which will be on display within the Cathedral’s Nave, is a fusion of lunar imagery, and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and IvorNovello award-winning Bristol-based composer Dan Jones.
Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon is being presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it gathers new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
The artwork will be accompanied by a programme of events, concerts and late-night openings, delivered by a variety of organisations, including the South Downs Planetarium, Chichester’s NoviumMuseum and the West Sussex Library Service, encouraging people far and wide to celebrate the night skies of Sussex. Activities for children and families will also be made available from October Half Term.
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live art projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.
The Museum of the Moon will be on display from 25th October – 14th November 2021. Entry to the Cathedral is free (donations welcome), and booking is not required. however some of the additional programme may require booking.
Find out more about the full programme of events which includes children’s storytime, craft and workshops, as well as evening viewings, talks from South Downs Planetarium’s Dr John Mason and specially themed lunchtime concerts- read more here.