Museum of the Moon
At: The Priory
By: Luke Jerram
Co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Brighton Festival, Without Walls, Cork Midsummer Festival, We The Curious, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol, ArtScience Museum and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
Measuring seven metres in diameter and hanging from the ancient rafters of The Priory, The Moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.
The Moon is one of several currently touring the world, attracting more than three million visitors. This is the largest version, created by UK artist Luke Jerram, who is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks. Luke’s installation is complemented by a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello awardwinning composer, Dan Jones.
The Priory is pleased to welcome The Moon which will be free of charge to the public to view during Light Up Lancaster. Following the festival, The Moon will be able to be visited during the day and during late night openings too from 4-9pm on Thursday-Saturday. Admission will be £3 for adults and £1 for children. Advance booking is recommended. There will also be a programme of lunar-inspired events. lancasterpriory.org