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 my-earth.org