Of Earth and Sky

Of Earth and Sky

Monday 24 August - Sunday 1 November 2020

Of Earth and Sky, by Luke Jerram, is a major new large-scale poetry installation project taking place across Gloucester.

Of Earth and Sky is commissioned by the Gloucester Culture Trust in partnership with the City CouncilGloucester Cathedral and Strike A Light, in association with Gloucester Quays.

Set in over 20 public spaces across Gloucester, Of Earth and Sky showcases words and poetry from the people of Gloucestershire in large 1m tall letters or stencilled onto the ground. The white ‘hollywood’ style letters can be found at Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Quays and Robinswood Hill.

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The Gloucestershire-based poet JPDL worked with Luke Jerram to curate over 80 submissions that were received from members of the public and through online poetry workshops. The 31 installations can be found in public spaces, parks and heritage sites across the city. The artworks are totally accessible, and the sites have been selected to ensure social distancing is possible at all times.

The words, A universe inside me turns, are situated in Cathedral Green. The words are the title line of a poem submitted anonymously:

A universe inside me turns;
It seems composed of dark and light.
At times I'm dazzled by the stars;
times I'm lost in cloudy night.

No fear, need, judgement nor dissent,
Nothing is ended nor begun;
There is no substance to the dark'
The Truth is Light and all is One.

As we begin to cautiously emerge from the lockdown, there is a sense that we better appreciate the value of local parks and green space for our wellbeing, mental and physical health. This installation will celebrate the city’s outdoor spaces and encourage people to look differently at Gloucester - to see the beauty in its heritage and in its green spaces and find hope in the words of its people. Find out more

This exhibition follows Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at Gloucester Cathedral in Autumn 2019 which received huge acclaim, attracting over 70,000 people to visit, and played a key role in the gear-change of Gloucester’s cultural landscape. We are absolutely delighted that Luke Jerram's Gaia will be taking up residence in the Cathedral Nave between Tuesday 13 October and Sunday 1 November 2020. 

Image by Dale Hodgetts

This installation celebrates the city’s outdoor spaces and encourages people to look at Gloucester differently – to see the beauty in its heritage, its green spaces and to see their voices written large in the landscape.

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Here’s where you can see the Of Earth and Sky installations in Gloucester:

1. Armscroft Park

2. Barnwood Park

3. Boating lake at Westgate Park

4. Clock Tower Park

5. College Green

6. Coney Hill Park

7. Discover DeCrypt

8. Elmbridge Park

9. Gloucester Cathedral

10. Gloucester Guildhall

11. Orchard Square at Gloucester Quays

12. Gloucester Park

13. Greyfriars

14. Hempsted Play Park

15. Hillfield Gardens

16. King George V Playing Field

17. Kingsway Manor Farm Park

18. Llantony Road

19. Llanthony Secunda Priory

20. Matson Shops

21. Parry Field Play Area

22. Plock Court

23. Robinswood Hill Country Park

24. Saintbridge Balancing Pond

25. Scott Avenue Play Area

26. Sebert Street Car Park

27. St James City Farm

28. St Oswald’s Priory

29. The Sabrina at Gloucester Docks

30. The Venture White City

31. Tuffley Park

For more information, visit ofearthandsky.co.uk.


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