We are delighted to welcome Gaia to Chester Cathedral in 2023
Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.
Measuring six 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 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. 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.
Gaia at Chester Cathedral opens on Tuesday 7 February to Sunday 5 March 2023.
Entry to view Gaia is free of charge, however, donations are welcome. Your donation to Chester Cathedral helps us to maintain our magnificent building and its estate for future generations, but also enables us to host events such as Gaia.
In addition to Luke Jerram’s stunning artwork, discover a host of exciting, inspiring and thought provoking events in Chester, read more here.
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, 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.
*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.