Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will return to Bristol in 2020.
The inflatable moon was first presented in the city at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in June 2016, but very high winds caused it to burst after only a few minutes of being showcased.
It was then quickly repaired and the same, original moon has been exhibited across the world for the past four years.
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Now, Museum of the Moon is returning to Bristol. It is being displayed at Bristol Cathedral from August 7-31, 2020 as part of the artwork’s ongoing journey to different environments, which alters the interpretation and experience of the piece for each viewer.
The artwork measures ten metres high and seven metres in diameter and is created to an approximate scale of 1:500,000, with each centimetre representing about 5km of the moon’s surface.
“We are delighted to welcome the Museum of the Moon to Bristol Cathedral this summer,” Canon Michael Johnson, acting dean for the city. “Bristol is the artist Luke Jerram’s home city and this makes its visit particularly special.”
Luke Jerram held 117 exhibitions running in 22 different countries in 2019 alone and is known worldwide for his large scale, interactive, installations. In March 2020, the artist was also awarded an honourary degree by the University of Bristol more his contribution to the arts.
As well the Museum of the Moon being open to view to the public during the day, there will be also opportunities to view the artwork during evenings.
A full programme of curated events will be available from the end of April and will include concerts, recitals, children’s craft events and collaboration with other Bristol institutions.
Main photo of the Museum of the Moon at Ely Cathedral by James Billings
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