Awe-inspiring installation Gaia returns to the Old Royal Naval College


The monumental Gaia sculpture by Luke Jerram has returned to the Old Royal Naval College until July 1st to be displayed in the magnificent Painted Hall. This incredible sculpture never fails to amaze audiences as it rotates slowly while suspended in mid-air, an exact scale replica of Earth made using NASA imagery. The artwork aims to inspire a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’ that astronauts experience when they see Earth from space. Gaia will leave you with feelings of awe, and an understanding of the interconnection of all life, particularly profound after a year of isolation.

The internally lit Gaia is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, with each centimeter of the sculpture representing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211 meters away from the slowly rotating artwork, viewers can see the Earth as it appears from the moon while enjoying a specially made surround-sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Matthew Mees, Chief Executive of the Old Royal Naval College comments, “The wonder of Gaia as a thoughtful and illuminating work of art needs to be seen to be believed, especially against the magnificent Baroque setting of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. We were overwhelmed with the response it received last year and so are delighted to be given the opportunity to install Jerram’s thought-provoking work once again and to give more people e a chance to visit and experience it for themselves.”

Gaia Friday night openings will allow visitors to witness this unbelievable piece of art every Friday in June. These late-night openings will be from 5.30pm – 10pm, perfect for an after work treat.  Visit the Old Royal Naval College website for further details.

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