It’s a given that we don’t look after our planet properly. Unless you’re living in a yurt and surviving by foraging to live a completely sustainable life (which, if you’re reading this, you’re already not), then you’re part of the problem. Which is alright, we can come up with mechanisms to mitigate or reverse the damage we’re doing to the planet. But perhaps a helpful starting point is to understand what’s at stake. And what’s at stake is an oversized, 25-foot globe in Greenwich.
Or, rather, what it represents.
The Gaia exhibit at 2020’s Greenwich + Docklands International Festival took last summer by storm, completely selling out. So this year they’ve wheeled it out of storage and popped it in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Navy College and it’s a jaw-dropper.
The installation, by artist Luke Jerram, is suspended within its stunning surrounds for a month and it is designed to make us appreciate how previous the earth really is. Jerram wants to make is feel the sense of awe that astronauts experience as they look at earth from space, making us feel ‘a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life and a sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment’. In other words, this better make you want to recycle a bit more.
It is designed to make us appreciate how previous the earth really is...
The incredible orb is mapped using 120dpi NASA imagery to map an exact scale replica of the planet. The exhibit is accompanied by music created by BAFTA awarded composer Dan Jones for the full experience.
If you’ve ever wondered what the earth looks like from the moon, you can now stand 600 feet from the installation and stand in wonder as the piece slowly turns. Plus, you won’t have to schlep the three day trip in a lunar capsule to enjoy it.
Plus, you won't have to schlep the three day trip in a lunar capsule to enjoy it...
The incredible exhibit is available to view for a month only, and the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich is putting on special Friday night lates to make sure that as many people as possible can experience it.
It’s already selling out fast, so buy your £13.50 tickets (kids go free) before it’s too late. If you can’t make it then the second best option is to enrol with the space programme now. If you start off training as a fighter jet pilot you might be able to bag a spot on a space shuttle by about 2040…