Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Explore the planet from Lincoln with a new exhibition

Explore the planet like never before with a new exhibition coming to Lincoln’s Collection Museum from Saturday 5 March.

Visitors will be able to gaze upon the Earth as if from space, without ever having to leave the atmosphere. The art installation, called Gaia, is by the same artist who brought the moon to The Collection in 2018, Luke Jerram.

Measuring six metres in diameter, the internally-lit sphere is 2.1 million times smaller than the real Earth. It has been recreated from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and each centimetre of the sculpture represents 21km of our planet.

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.

A programme of events and talks will invite visitors to enjoy this artwork in a variety of ways. From late night openings to Earth-lit yoga sessions, there promises to be something for everyone. Highlights from the Collection and Usher Gallery’s geological collections will be on display in the Courtyard Gallery, with a trail for art and science lovers to follow in the Usher Gallery.

Cllr Lindsey Cawrey, executive member for heritage and culture at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “After the success of The Museum of the Moon, we are so excited to bring Gaia to the county for the first time.

“This new exhibition will allow people to connect with our planet from an innovative perspective. We hope that all our visitors will enjoy this captivating installation and feel a renewed sense of connection with our planet.”

Recently featured as the backdrop for COP26 in Glasgow and having toured internationally, Gaia is prompting people to re-examine their relationship with the environment.

Artist, Luke Jerram, said: “I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home.”

Gaia will be showing at The Collection from Saturday 5 March to Sunday 29 May.

For this exhibition, The Collection is asking visitors to ‘Pay-What-You-Decide’ to enable as many people as possible to experience this artwork. Visitors will be able to choose how much to donate to the museum for entry to the exhibition.

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