Gaia at Norton Priory
In January 2024 Norton Priory Museum and Gardens will be hosting the touring artwork Gaia by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring 6 metres in diameter and created from 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, 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, ad a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
For centuries, humans wanted to reach the beauty of the moon and the stars above. And when the first astronaut finally stood on the moon, surrounded by the stars, the most beautiful sight was the Earth, glistening jewel-like in the infinite darkness.
Gaia, named for the personification of the Earth in Greek mythology, will be suspended in the atrium at Norton Priory Museum and Gardens from Tuesday 9th January to Sunday 28th January 2024. Viewable from the ground floor as well as from the mezzanine, and visible on the approach to the building, this promises to be an unforgettable experience. The museum’s opening hours will be changing to allow early evening viewing and a special programme of activity is being curated to sit alongside the installation. The programming takes its inspiration from the natural world and our shared responsibility to care for the planet.
Planned events include music performances, storytelling, workshops and bespoke moments of mindfulness. Watch Norton Priory’s social media channels and the Events page of Norton Priory’s website for more details.
Gaia. Photo by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)