Gaia at Millennium Point

Published 28/02/2020
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Between the dates of 6th April and the 1st June, a spectacular installation will allow visitors to Millennium Point a chance to see the Earth as it appears from space. Gaia, a touring artwork by artist Luke Jerram, will be in place at our landmark Curzon Street site where visitors can enjoy the breath-taking experience for free.

This is the only chance people in the West Midlands will have to see the unique installation, which features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s Surface on a globe measuring seven metres in diameter. 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, visitors will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon. 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.

We will also be organising a series of movie screenings and family activities around the installation. Treat the kids to a screening of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo (2003) in our giant screen auditorium, followed by entertainment including fun-filled party games and a disco. For more information please click here.

Millennium Point is just a 5-minute walk from Moor Street station, with an on-site multistory car park accessible from the A47 in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre.

For more information on our Gaia installation please click here.

Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award-winning events venue in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre. Profits from our commercial activity are invested by the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and education in the West Midlands. 

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