Museum of the moon

luke jerram

Sculpture monumentale

Cette reproduction très réaliste de la lune permet d’en révéler tous les détails et sa face cachée.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 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.

Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science. The surround sound composition is created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, writers and musicians the world over. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon. In more recenthistory, the moon has been a site for ongoing scientific exploration.

Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world, and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift.

The moon has always inspired humanity, acting as a “cultural mirror” of society, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of all peoples of the world.

Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a chronometer, as a calendar and as a source of light to facilitate navigation at night. 

© Luke Jerram
© Luke Jerram

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Luke Jerram (UK)

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 world. With over 25 years experience in creating successful artworks, in 2021 alone he had 104 exhibitions in 17 different countries.

As well as touring his installations, his artworks are in over 50 permanent collections around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London.

In 2020 was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bristol, made an Honorary Academician of the RWA and Fellow of  The Royal Astronomical Society.

In 2019 he set up and funded both the Dreamtime Fellowship to support recent graduates in his home city of Bristol and the Bristol Schools Arts Fund to support secondary schools in Bristol impacted by austerity.

Crédits & mentions

Museum of the Moon was sponsored by a number of creative organizations brought together by Luke Jerram and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Parmi ces organisations figurent : Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Brighton Festival, Without Walls, Cork Midsummer Festival, We The Curious, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes et Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

The work was created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, the University of Bristol and the Association of Science and Discovery Centres.