Gaia by Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram's Gaia is coming to Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group are delighted to announce that Gaia will take up residence in the cathedral nave between Tuesday 13 October and Sunday 1 November 2020. 

A touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface offering an extraordinary opportunity to see our home planet at scale.

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.

This will be the second time that Luke has exhibited at the Cathedral following last year’s hugely popular Museum of the Moon which attracted over 70,000 visitors. Luke said: “It’s an honour to present my work in Gloucester Cathedral again and wonderful that we’ve been able to programme it to coincide with my the poetry installation ‘Of Earth and Sky’ whch will be installed across the city at the same time!"

The Cathedral was recently awarded Visit Britain’s Industry Standard ‘We’re Good to Go’ status and has followed government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the building is safe for people to visit. Gaia will be ticketed to limit capacity for physical distancing.

Details explaining how to book tickets will be announced in September.

Sponsored by Ecclesiastical, the installation will form a key part of the Cathedral’s Beacon of Hope campaign which aims to support the recovery of the city and county following the Covid-19 pandemic. Gaia forms part of a programme of collaborative cultural activities which aim to help inspire local communities, promote wellbeing and stimulate economic growth. It will also complement the Cathedral’s work with the Diocese of Gloucester and other partners to address the climate crisis and promote environmental sustainability.

You can read more about Gaia in the Latest News section of our website where you will be able to see links to films, images and more. Check back with us regularly, more information will be added as it is confirmed.




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