Frequently Asked Questions
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 is created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.
30 minute surround sound composition by Dan Jones
Dan Jones is a multi award-winning composer and sound designer working in film, television and theatre. He has won a BAFTA and three Ivor Novello awards. Luke and Dan have worked on projects together since 2003. The composition begins with interviews with astronauts involved with the famous ‘Earthrise’ photograph taken in 1968. The earth is seen as a fragile and beautiful floating blue planet. The composition also contains excerpts from NASA interview recordings with astronauts about how they felt when they first saw the earth from space.
Described as the ‘Overview Effect’, the experience for astronauts is 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. The soundtrack helps to create a sense that we are floating like astronauts in space, above the earth and watching it turn beneath us. We can hear the sounds of the ocean far below, where whales are calling to one another. We hear the sounds of the rainforests and woodlands.
Why Millennium Point?
Millennium Point is a landmark public building and multi-award winning events venue and charitable trust. All profits from our commercial activities are reinvested into the organisation’s charitable trust, which supports STEM-related projects and initiatives in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
This 8-week installation of Luke Jerram’s Gaia artwork is our latest initiative to help entertain, educate and inspire local communities. We will be hosting a programme of events during Gaia’s residency which both entertain the public and educate on the importance of sustainability and safeguarding the planet.
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