SPINNINGFIELDS WERE PROUD TO PRESENT GAIA, A MAJESTIC TOURING ARTWORK BY UK ARTIST LUKE JERRAM, ON DISPLAY ABOVE HARDMAN SQUARE BETWEEN 19 AND 22 APRIL, IN RECOGNITION OF EARTH AWARENESS DAY

In Greek mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth. 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth, each cm of the internally-lit sculpture described 18km of the Earth’s surface. Standing 211m away from the artwork, the public were able to view the Earth as it appears from the Moon – as first observed in 1972 during the NASA Apollo 17 mission.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Luke Jerram’s internally-lit spherical sculpture of the Earth featured 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. Members of the public were invited to witness the ethereal blue and green light cast by the suspended installation over Hardman Square in Spinningfields, and bathe in the atmosphere of the surround sound composition created by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones.

Earth Day’s mission is to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide… more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”

Spinningfields hope that the 23ft installation encouraged a renewed sense of awe and appreciation for our planet, and furthered the dialogue about sustainability.

The artwork was created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Gaia – Luke Jerram, Spinningfields – 2019