Luke Jerram's Gaia, a spectacular sculpture of Earth, will be floating majestically in the main entrance area of Dynamic Earth, marking its first appearance in Edinburgh.
Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter and created from 120 dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface the artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions.
The installation aims to create 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.
The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for nature.
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.
Image Credits:W5, Belfast