Chelmsford Cathedral is delighted to be welcoming Gaia to Essex for the first time this October.
Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring six metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the artwork provides the opportunity to view the planet, floating in three dimensions. It will be suspended, two metres up, giving visitors an opportunity to see the earth as astronauts see it from space and will fill the nave of Chelmsford Cathedral.
Artist Luke Jerram hopes that visitors will be inspired, seeing our planet in a new way and that the installation will give people an opportunity to reflect on its vulnerability. The Dean of Chelmsford, The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall adds;
“This is a very exciting project for Chelmsford – for the Cathedral, the city and the county. The Cathedral is a remarkable space and will enable everyone to experience Gaia close up in a very powerful way. And whilst there will be events and regular worship during Gaia, we really want people simply to share in the stillness of this special place during this unique installation.”
The installation has been made possible through a grant from Essex County Council’s Climate Action Challenge Fund which has contributed to the artwork coming to Essex for the first time.
The Cathedral is inviting people from across the county to come and think about how each of us can play our part in saving our planet for future generations. The three-week event, running from 11th to 30th October, will focus on education and the environment with a range of exciting events already being planned. Gaia will also be free to visit during the day. Especially for half-term, there will be events taking place for families and an opportunity to see Gaia spectacularly lit at night.
We hope to launch our full programme in July with details on how to visit being available from early September.
Photo by Gareth Jones (Gaia at Liverpool Cathedral)
For media enquiries about Gaia, please speak to Clare Broome tel: 01245 294498.