If you’ve ever wanted to travel to the moon, then now is your chance – with the awesome touring project, Museum of the Moon, by UK-based artist Luke Jerram.
Using visual material from NASA, Jerram has crafted a seven-metre wide inflated moon sculpture which he’s installed in numerous European locations; from churches and swimming pools, to parks and alleyways.
Printed with the extraordinary detail of the lunar surface including craters and valleys, the installation is accompanied by a soundtrack composed by BAFTA- and Ivor Novello-award-winning composer Dan Jones. The beautiful instrumental score is overlaid with John F Kennedy’s famous speech to Congress on May 25, 1961, about landing a man on the moon.
In a similar vein to Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project, which wowed visitors to Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Museum of the Moon evokes the same sense of awe and wonderment in those who experience it.
Culturally, the moon takes on numerous meanings, symbolism, mythologies and interpretations, depending on where you are in the world – ‘here in the West, the moon and moonlight, has romantic connotations, or we may marvel at the wonder of space exploration,’ states Jerram’s website. ‘In Chinese tradition, the full moon is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and family reunion.’ As the work tours, Jerram is collating local stories and beliefs about the moon.
The Museum of the Moon started its tour at Bristol’s Balloon Festival in 2016 and has travelled to Rotterdam, Marseilles, Kendal and Belgium. Three subsequent tour dates are planned for 2017: London’s Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Norwich and Terschelling, Netherlands.
Museum of the Moon will be in Norwich May 12-21, 2017; Oerol Festival in Terschelling, Netherlands June 8–18, 2017; and London June 23–25, 2017.