Gaia by Luke Jerram in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Gaia, a seven metre diameter globe, suspended in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Sunlight diffused through the stained glass windows as this artwork, huge at 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, slowly rotated above our heads.

Gaia is a seven metre diameter version of Earth, created by Luke Jerram to give audiences around the world a sense of the overview effect of looking back at our planet from space. Notes at the installation in the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool explained:

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…

Hanging in the black emptiness of space the Earth seems isolated, a precious and fragile island of life.

It has moved on from Liverpool, but may well be coming to a place near you. To find out more, including details of its appearance during the Lightpool Festival at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom in October 2019, check out

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