Ashton Court is set to boast an impressive art installation this summer, when Bristolian artist, Luke Jerram’s, ‘Museum of the Moon’ is unveiled to the public.
Set to rise over the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 August 2016, ‘Museum of the Moon’ is a helium-filled replica of the earth’s moon, measuring seven metres in diameter.
Featuring a detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, each centimetre is set to represent 5K on the surface of the real moon.
The moon will feature in the hugely popular Night Glows celebration at the Fiesta, which sees the hot air balloon light up in time to music, while festival-goers will be encouraged to ‘moonbathe’ beneath the installation.
Museum of the Moon aims to highlight ongoing lunar exploration and research, and will feature its own music, with a surround-sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer, Dan Jones.
Luke Jerram said: ‘Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon, so depending on where the Museum of The Moon is presented in the world, its meaning and interpretation will shift.
‘As the artwork tours, new compositions will be created and performed by a range of established composers and musicians, so adding to the museum’s collection.’
Following the International Balloon Fiesta, Museum of the Moon will feature at Lakes Alice in Kendal; Oortredens Festival in Belgium; Norfolk and Norwich Festival; Brighton Festival; and Greenwich and Docklands Festival.
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