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Gaia by Luke Jerram
Sun 8 October at 10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Part of the Treasuring Creation Festival.
Bath Abbey is hosting Luke Jerram’s touring Gaia artwork from 18th September to 29th October 2023, as part of the Treasuring Creation Festival. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and provides the opportunity to see our planet floating in three-dimensions. The Treasuring Creation Festival will focus on appreciating and caring for our planet.
Gaia will be suspended underneath the tower in the centre of the Abbey, providing an awe-inspiring view as people enter the building. The artwork was previously on display at Wells Cathedral.
Gaia creates a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface.
A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones will be played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.
Gaia is part of the Treasuring Creation Festival, with events focusing on caring for our planet.
Available to view during Abbey opening times, which may vary due to the Abbey being a working church. Please check regularly for changes before your visit.