Gaia Earth artwork to go on display in Derby Cathedral


The illuminated planet Earth statue will be on display at Derby Cathedral, having won praise elsewhere in the country.

Gaia by British artist Luke Jerram, whose former Moon Art Museum came to the cathedral in 2019.

The work will open to the public on Thursday and will remain in place until October 16.

Derby’s dean said the cathedral was the perfect setting for “spectacular and reflective” work.

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Reverend Dr. Peter Robinson said thousands of people have visited the cathedral for past exhibitions, The Peace Baths and the Moon Museum.

He said the artwork is on display as part of the city’s arts festival Derby Fest and that the city will organize events to supplement the work.

“The program of events organized under Doves of Peace earlier this year has been very popular with visitors and I am sure that these events will be equally attended,” he said.

“I believe this artwork offers a new perspective on our place on this planet, a sense that all of Earth’s communities are interconnected and that we have a responsibility to one another.

“I hope Gaia will inspire visitors to think about the importance of creation, our role as guardians of the planet and the environmental impact we are having on the natural world.”

The installation is seven meters (22 feet) in diameter and is created from detailed NASA images of the Earth’s surface.

It will rotate above the nave of Derby Cathedral, accompanied by a surround sound composition by BAFTA Award-winning composer Dan Jones.

“We are excited to see the exhibition in Derby and hope that the public will make the most of this wonderful opportunity to come and see the work for themselves,” said Professor Keith McClay, from the University of Derby.

“Gaia will amaze people, just as the Museum of the Moon did in 2019,” said Steve Slater, Derby Festé Technical Director.

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