17/08/2019 : The Cabot Institute Presents Luke Jerram Earth Gaia

The Cabot Institute Presents: Luke Jerram's Earth GAIA

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The Cabot Institute Presents Luke Jerram Earth Gaia

Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ Earth Cabot Institute for the Environment at the University of Bristol are delighted to be hosting Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ Earth Artwork this summer. Friday 16th August:      10am - 6pm Saturday 17th August:  10am - 8pm Sunday 18th August:    10am - 6pm 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 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. 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. The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon. Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first time humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, our perception and understanding of our planet changed forever.
Hanging in the black emptiness of space the Earth seems isolated, a precious and fragile island of life. From a distance, the Earth is just a pale blue dot. Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. *The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA. Further information: There will also be a couple talks taking place at this event on the following dates/times: Dr Kate Hendry - 11am Saturday - “The melting Arctic and the changing ocean”  Dr Juliet Biggs - 11am Sunday - Title TBC Luke Jerram 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. Find out more at http://my-earth.org/ Cabot Institute for the Environment The Cabot Institute for the Environment is a diverse community of 600 experts, united by a common cause: protecting our environment and identifying ways of living better with our changing planet. Together, we deliver the evidence base and solutions to tackle the challenges of food security, water, low carbon energy, city futures, environmental change, and natural hazards and disaster risk.  Find out more: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cabot/                      

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