After orbiting the skies of major festivals around the world, the traveling project by the British artist Luke Jerram comes to light up the Festa di Roma: a stunning inflatable moon, suspended in space and illuminated from within, which in seven meters of diameter faithfully reproduces the lunar crust – from craters to mountain ranges up to the smallest details – using high resolution images made by NASA. According to a 1: 500,000 scale, every centimetre of the large spherical sculpture corresponds to five kilometres of lunar surface.
A fusion of science and poetic suggestion, the installation is accompanied by an enveloping sound track, specially created by the composer Dan Jones, winner of the Ivor Novello and BAFTA awards.
Since the dawn of human adventure on Earth, the Moon has represented the mirror in which to reflect and project beliefs, ideas and convictions; venerated over the centuries as a deity, it was the clock and calendar of our ancestors, the nocturnal guidance of the sailors and at the same time the inspiring muse of artists, poets, writers and musicians, influencing history, culture and religion of all the civilizations of our planet. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the landing of the man on the moon, the Festa di Roma offers the public of the capital city the magical illusion of touching our mysterious satellite with a finger, revealing the invisible hemisphere, that hidden face that we terrestrials do not normally see. A magical and surprisingly realistic appearance, which, like fairy-tale spells, will last only for a party, and then set off again towards its infinite orbit, because, as the artist said to a six-year-old girl: “later you put it back okay, right?”.
Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by a number of cultural institutions gathered by Luke Jerram and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, in particular: At-Bristol, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Brighton Festival, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The work, created in collaboration with the UK Space Agency, the University of Bristol and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres, is part of the INSITU and Without Walls European networks.
Organized by the Azienda Speciale Palaexpo with the collaboration of Flyer Communication