Museum of the Moon

02 Mar 2019 - 28 Apr 2019

Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring six metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:600,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 6km of the moon’s surface.

Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series lunar inspired events beneath the moon.

From 2 March – 28 April 2019, in the 50th anniversary year of the first man to walk on the moon, the Museum of the Moon will be displayed at The Collection. The work will be accompanied by an exciting and lively programme of events, including Late Night multi-arts experiences, afternoon film screenings related to the theme of the Moon and space exploration and new performances and art commissions.

Alongside Museum of the Moon, the Courtyard Gallery at The Collection is hosting 'Eclipse Chasers – The Great American Eclipse' a series of photographs by Keith James, senior lecturer in photography at the University of Lincoln. There will also be an opportunity to view precious space-related items from the museum collection and memorabilia collection of Charles Simpson, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and British Interplanetary Society. 

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.

For this exhibition, The Collection is trialling a 'Pay-What-You-Decide' approach, to enable as many people as possible to experience this phenomenal art work. Visitors will be able to choose how much to donate to the museum for entry to the exhibition. Donations are vital for keeping The Collection open to the public and delivering fantastic exhibitions for the people of Lincoln.

Watch this space for more details on our upcoming events programme.

Image credit: Museum of the Moon (detail) (1) © Luke Jerram