Suspended over the grand plaza area, Jerram’s giant replica of the Earth’s moon measures seven metres in diameter, with every centimetre of the spherical sculpture representing five kilometres of the moon’s surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composed by BAFTA and award-winning composer, Dan Jones.
Originally set to debut as part of Melbourne’s highly anticipated RISING festival, the chance to get up-close with a giant replica of the moon was cut short due to Melbourne’s recent lockdown. Luckily, visitors will have another opportunity to experience the installation for ten days as part of the Casey Winter Arts Festival.
Luke Jerram – the man behind the moon – created the artwork to reconnect with the night sky and amplify the experience of gazing at the moon. The installation has been presented in multiple locations around the world and is aimed to tell a unique story, through new meanings and interpretations at each location.
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the world. He is now known globally for his innovative arts practice and large scale public artworks.
With many of his artworks in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London, he also tours his art installations to art festivals and museums. Working with some of the most established cultural organisations to create his artworks, in 2019 alone, he had 117 exhibitions in 22 different countries around the world.
Museum of the Moon
Bunjil Place Plaza, 2 Patrick NE Drive, Narre Warren
Exhibition: Friday 26 June – Sunday 4 July 2021 (11.00am – 9.00pm)
Image: Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon, Lakes Alive UK, 2016 (supplied)