Museum of the Moon - a new artwork by Luke Jerram


Luke Jerram's latest artwork will see a new - moon rising over the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in Ashton Court.

The Bristol artist Luke Jerram, whose Park Street water slide, street pianos and fleet of abandoned boats in Leigh Woods became massive draws for visitors to the city, has created a work called Museum of the Moon, which will be seen in public for the first time at this year’s Fiesta on Thursday 11th  to Sunday 14th August.


Measuring seven metres in diameter, Luke Jerram’s moon will feature detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Each centimetre on his moon will represent 5km on the surface of the Earth’s largest natural satellite.

Floating above the fiesta for the weekend, it will also feature in the hugely popular nightglows, being illuminated as the hot air balloons light up in time to the music, and festival goers will be encouraged to ‘moonbathe’ beneath it.

The Museum of the Moon is being made by Cameron Balloons, one of the best-known companies in the city.

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, which will highlight ongoing lunar exploration and research, will also come with 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.”

“Like the moon, this artwork acts as a ‘cultural mirror’ that allows us to observe and contemplate cultural differences around the world. As it tours, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next.”

Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations coming together. These include: At-Bristol Science Centre, Bristol International Balloon FiestaLakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Norfolk & Norwich FestivalBrighton FestivalGreenwich+Docklands International Festival and Without Walls.


The artwork has been created in partnership with the UK Space AgencyUniversity of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres


After being premiered at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the artwork will be shown at the following festivals:

Lakes Alive – Kendal, Aug 2016
Oortredens Festival – Belgium, Oct 2016
Norfolk & Norwich Festival – May 2017
Brighton Festival – May 2017
Greenwich & Docklands Festival – June 2017

For more information see   #MuseumOfMoon    



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