After wowing audiences at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and touring India with the British Council this spring, the Museum of the Moon is now returning to Bristol.
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. In 2017 the Moon was presented at the University of Bristol where over 16000 visitors came to see the artwork over just one weekend. This time the artwork will be presented at Ashton Park secondary school, raising money to improve sound and lighting facilities in the main school hall. The funding will be used to improving facilities for performing arts at Ashton Park School in the future.
Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Luke is known in the city for the giant waterslide he installed down Park Street and more recently his installation of street pianos he placed across the city for everyone to play. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
“The endless funding cuts imposed to frontline services from central government are impacting all our children. It’s great to be able to do what I can to support my local secondary school, to help try and counter the impact of this. I hope the artwork will inspire the children of the school to have an interest in both arts and science.”
The artwork will be presented from Thursday 5th July until Sunday 8th July.
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 has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to help raise much needed funds to enhance our performing arts facilities. We are incredibly fortunate to have Luke’s support and the arrival of his moon will provide many exciting learning opportunities for our pupils.”