Have you ever looked at the sky, perhaps through a telescope, and dreamed of going to the moon? The artist Luke Jerram’s installation gives us a close and very suggestive encounter with the moon, with his work of art we can see the moon close up, as we have never seen it before.
The English artist created a huge moon, about seven meters in diameter, which he titled “Museum of the moon”. Jerram shows this touring artwork around the world and real images of the lunar surface provided by NASA are projected over the entire area of the sculpture. The images together with different lights and different melodies, create a fascinating atmosphere. But until you see Jerram’s artwork live, you cannot understand its perfection, as if someone had stolen the moon and put it in the middle of the room, moving it for the next exhibition, it is a such perfect installation to seem a real moon and to leave everyone breathless.
“The moon has always inspired humanity, acting as a ‘cultural mirror’ to society, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of all people around the world. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and been a source of light to aid night-time navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon. And yet somehow, despite these differences, the moon connects us all”. This is the description provided on the official website to explain the reason for the lunar installation that is travelling around the world. So the meaning and interpretation of the work vary according to the place of the exhibition, according to the different cultures, stories and beliefs hidden behind the Earth’s only natural satellite.
This giant suspended moon is exhibited both inside and outside buildings and has already travelled to countries such as China, Iceland, Italy, Spain, France, Australia, India, the United States and many others. On the official website it is possible to check the future scheduled dates which are constantly updated. Mark the next event on your calendar to admire the spectacular moon “on the go”.