The moon divides in my house. Let me tell you.
On one side, you have my husband and son, They are intrigued by the moon and the night skies in a stargazing, scientific fashion. Think Brian Cox documentaries, a fascination with space travel and all of that.
On the other side you have my daughters and I. We love the imagery of the moon, believe She represents things that science can’t define and often allow our lives to be guided by the lunar phase. Goodbye astrology and science, hello moon magic.
What we can all agree on is that the moon is fascinating and inspiring. So when I heard the moon was coming to Marlborough in the form of the Museum of the Moon, I booked tickets for the whole family. A little note on Marlborough; I’ve blogged about it previously. If you missed the post I’ll link it here, I’d love you to have a read. It’s a lovely, lovely town. I highly recommend it as a place to visit. But back to the moon…
Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist and Royal Astronomical Society Fellow, Luke Jerram. He was inspired to create the MOTM after living in Bristol and observing the effects of the tides on the river Avon each day.
The moon on display is essentially a huge helium balloon, printed with an image of the moon surface. It measures seven meters in diameter and features detailed moon surface imagery as captured by a NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The moon-balloon is smooth, but such is the detail and the presentation, your eyes won’t let you believe that. The whole experience fused together with a clever combination of moon imagery, lighting, carefully chosen host venues and a soundtrack composed by BAFTA winning Dan Jones.
The moon visited Marlborough as part of the town Dark Skies Festival. The week long event was devoted to star gazing, story telling, art, talks and tours. As the center piece, the MOTM was installed in the Marlborough College Chapel. A beautiful location for a jaw dropping artwork, and the college campus isn’t bad either. Lots of historic buildings, red brick and leafy loveliness.
The installation has toured far and wide. There are eight moons in total and they have displayed across the globe. The Museum of the Moon has displayed in the Natural History Museum in London, hung over water in Milan. It drew in 60,000 visitors in a week in Liverpool Cathedral and has presented as a fallen moon in the water at Bristol Docks. It’s even featured on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, hanging in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom while celebs did their dancing beneath. It even has it’s own Instagram hashtag #MuseumOfTheMoon.
So the moon has travelled far and wide and the Marlborough Dark Skies event is finished. But the chance to see it has not passed. The Museum of the Moon continues it’s tour, domestically and internationally. The MOTM will be visiting Bath and Grimsby towards the end of this year and onto Lincoln in 2022. The exhibition will also be in The Netherlands, the USA and Canada.
Find details of tour dates here.
More on Luke Jerram here
If you liked this post, you might also enjoy reading about another large scale art exhibition at the Leipzig Panometer.