luke jerram: museum of the moon

humanhood: Orbis 

Sat 22 September, 10am-9pm. Performances of Orbis at 3pm & 8pm

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Museum  of  the  Moon  is  a  new  touring  artwork  by  UK artist  Luke  Jerram.  Measuring  seven  metres  in  diameter, 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.

Over  its  lifetime, the  Museum  of  the  Moon  will  be 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  will gather  new  musical compositions  and  an ongoing collection  of  personal responses,  stories  and mythologies, as  well  as highlighting  the  latest  moon science.  The installation  is a fusion  of  lunar  imagery, moonlight  and surround  sound composition  created  by BAFTA  and  Ivor Novello  award winning  composer  Dan Jones.  Each  venue also programmes  their  own  series lunar  inspired  events beneath  the  moon.  Luke  Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves  the  creation  of sculptures,  installations  and  live arts  projects.  Living  in the  UK  but  working  internationally for  19  years,  Jerram  is  known  worldwide  for  his  large scale  public  artworks.

Co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: At-Bristol, Kimmel Center, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Without Walls, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennesand Cork Midsummer Festival. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristoland The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

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Orbis is a visually astonishing outdoor duet that explores the relationship between humankind and Earth’s permanent natural satellite: the Moon. Performed as a contemporary ritual, revisiting the mystical place the Moon holds in the history of human culture. Set in the round, Orbis is accompanied by a 360 degree surround sound score. Immerse into an outdoor spectacle that will take you beyond the realms of planet Earth.

Photo credit: Alicia Knight

This piece has been commissioned by Without Walls Consortium, Brighton Festival, Norfolk&Norwich Festival and Déda Derby as well as Supported by DanceXchange.

FUNDER: Without Walls

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Bell Square is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network. 

Without Walls is the UK's largest commissioner of outdoor art shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond. For more information about Without Walls visit