Luke Jerram - Gaia

22-26 July I Times TBC

Jubilee Square, Kensington and Chelsea Council, Town Hall, Horton Street, London W8 7NX

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three - dimensions.

The installation creates a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are 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. Watch this great film about the phenomenon.

The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the current COVID -19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward on another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for nature.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is
played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth. Gai has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the
UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts
projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, 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.

Photo credit: Roy Riley

This piece is presented outdoors, is free to attend and does not require a ticket. Suitable for all ages. Scheduled times will be added to the website by 1 July. This location is in a residential area. For these reasons, there will only be one show with sound at 7pm each night. The soundscape can be accessed via a QR code at the site at other times in the day and night. The site will close at 11pm.

Gaia is being presented in two additional locations after this initial run.
Details will be added to the Festival website here.
These sites will require tickets, which are free but must be pre-booked.

Why not sign-up to volunteer and join the crew looking after Gaia? Information is on the volunteering page.

Check the website and social media on the day of performance for updated times as the weather may mean the schedule has to change. This location does not have public toilets. Bring sun cream and/or a coat. Please use public transport if possible rather than driving, take picnic plastic home to recycle and bring refillable drinking flasks.

Luke Jerram - Gaia