Hugely Popular Earth Installation to Return to Greenwich in 2021

Following a sold-out display in summer 2020, Luke Jerram’s awe-inspiring art installation Gaia will return to the Old Royal Naval College in January

Lead image: Colin B. Mackenzie/Old Royal Naval College

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Set against the magnificent Baroque backdrop of the Painted Hall, Gaia will take pride of place for a full month, accompanied by a series of Friday late openings.

This monumental internally-lit sculpture is an exact scale replica of our planet, measuring seven metres in diameter and floating in three dimensions like a ‘blue marble’.

UK artist Luke Jerram used 120dpi NASA imagery to recreate the unique view of Earth experienced by astronauts in space with the hope of instilling in viewers feelings of awe for the planet.

Known as the ‘Overview Effect’, the awe-inspiring sight of earth from space can instil a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life and a sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the outdoors and nature becoming a haven for so many, Gaia acts as a mirror to society to provide the viewer with a new perspective of our precious planet.

Gaia is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, with each centimetre of the sculpture representing 18km of the Earth’s surface.

By standing 211 metres away from the slowly rotating artwork, viewers can see the Earth as it appears from the moon, while enjoying a surround-sound composition created by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Gaia Lates will offer viewers the chance to see the internally-lit sculpture after dark in the atmospheric Pained Hall every Friday night in January,

The late-night openings will also include afterhours access to the Painted Hall Café to enjoy food and drink along with the Baroque and contemporary art upstairs in the Hall.

Gaia was previously displayed at the Old Royal Naval College as part of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2020.

Open from 3 January to 7 February 2021 with Gaia Lates every Friday from 5.30pm-10pm. Tickets £12. 

Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, King William Walk SE10 9NN;