Date(s) - 13/11/2020 - 14/11/2020
10:00 - 22:00
Artist Luke Jerram’s Gaia will be installed in Coventry Cathedral ruins on 13th & 14th November to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Blitz with a message of Peace to the world reflecting the city’s role in promoting peace and reconciliation, through the exhibition of “Gaia”. Entry will be by free timed ticket.
Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three dimensions.
The installation aims to create 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. Watch this great film about the phenomenon.
The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for nature.
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.
More Information: https://my-earth.org/