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

27 Replies to “Gaia by Luke Jerram in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral”

  1. Thank you! There could not be a better post for today. Not only is this work alone a reason for awe but its setting is for me even more so. The Gothic reach, the vaulted space, those rich colors of the stained glass — to me it’s a sense of protection and possibility. A wonderful and wonder-filled photo. I clicked on the link and saw the different settings. It dominates each one and yet maintains that fragility. Amazing.

  2. We saw this when it came to Harrogate. The church there, St. wilfred’s, is parish-church-sized. I feel it must be even more impressive in the larger space of a cathedral.

    1. I hadn’t realised that it is the fifth largest cathedral in the world before reading the installation’s website. It is certainly tall, but still has a homely feel.

      1. I also made a recent visit to Trentham, as I thought the coreopsis you put on a while back, looked so incredible. ( I normally go there about 2 or 3 times a year, as it is such an incredible landscape )

    1. You’ve taught me the saying, but there’s a gap in my education. Now I need to know how people in Maine respond to wowsah! Does this work?


  3. Thank you so much for posting this! I was so enchanted I followed your link to the Gaia site, and also watched his video ad for his book. Then I ordered his book on Amazon! He is a phenomenal artist. I remember the street piano project and loved it! But I had a sad experience with one in Austin. It was on a high hill in a public park, and as my little granddaughter and I were about to sit down and play it, some very well-dressed, snooty people told us we had to leave because they were about to shoot a video, using the piano. I was not very polite as we departed, for obvious reasons. It was supposed to be for the public to have FUN, not for snooty people to make videos!

    1. I’m really glad you liked it so much. It’s a shame you missed out on using the piano. It would have been more enlightened if the people had waited a few minutes or asked if they could include you in their video. You and your granddaughter would have had a nice memory to share and could have added a slice of real life into their project.

    1. It would be quite a surprise if you hadn’t seen the promotional material. It worked on a visual and symbolic level – the idea of heaven and earth, with the globe representing the congregation and the stained glass, heaven. Oddment alluded to it when she mentioned the sense of protection.

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