MAR­VEL AT THE MOON

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It’s not quite the Moon on a stick, but this beau­ti­ful art­work from Luke Jer­ram is an un­can­nily re­al­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our cos­mic com­pan­ion. Mea­sur­ing seven me­tres in di­am­e­ter, the in­flat­able moon-bal­loon uses high-res NASA im­agery of the lu­nar sur­face and in­ter­nal light­ing to cre­ate its mes­meric ef­fect, while a sound in­stal­la­tion from com­poser Dan Jones adds to the am­bi­ence. It’s been tour­ing the world since 2016, and was pho­tographed here at the Sain­tGe­orge swim­ming pool in Rennes, France. Its next stop will be Belfast’s W5 sci­ence cen­tre, be­fore it heads to UK venues through­out the year (see my-moon.org for the full list of dates).

Jer­ram has a knack for mak­ing art that cap­tures the pub­lic imag­i­na­tion. His other projects have in­cluded a gi­ant 95m wa­ter slide down Bris­tol’s Park Street, a menagerie of mi­crobes ren­dered as glass sculp­tures, and

Play Me, I’m Yours, which has seen more than 1,850 street pi­anos be­ing in­stalled in cities around the world.

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