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Love for earth at first sight

03 20-04 17

Second floor, Events Piazza

Celebrating the International Day of Happiness on 20 March 2024, globally acclaimed artist Luke Jerram invites us to embrace and revel in the beauty of our planet Earth through his masterpiece Gaia, making its debut in Lithuania. While the artist's works can be admired in museums and galleries in New York, Shanghai, and London, shopping and entertainment center “Akropolis” Kaunas offers a unique opportunity to experience "Gaia" firsthand until April 17th.

"Humanity has gazed at the Moon for over 200 thousand years, drawing inspiration for music, mythology, and literature across cultures. Have you ever thought we could look at the planet Earth for the first time only 50 years ago?" questions artist L. Jerram.  In Greek Mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth.

Enchanting and thought-provoking, Gaia has traversed continents, captivating audiences in the United States of America, Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, Taiwan, and beyond. Spanning six metres in diameter, this installation brings detailed NASA imagery of Earth's surface, presenting our planet as seen from the Moon - mesmerising, interconnecting diverse life forms, and urging us to shoulder responsibility for our actions. The artwork is 2.1 million times smaller than the real Earth, with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 21km of the Earth’s surface. A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones is played alongside the object.

About the artist:

Despite being based in the UK, Luke Jerram's artistic endeavours have inspired and captivated audiences globally for over three decades. With a multidisciplinary approach encompassing sculptures, installations, and live art projects, Jerram champions awareness of our planet's state and health. His large-scale artwork, both in physical exhibitions and across social media platforms, has touched an estimated 1 billion individuals worldwide. In 2023 alone, Jerram's works were featured in 115 exhibitions across 27 countries, attracting over 3 million visitors.

Created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

Author: Luke Jerram
Organiser: akropolio logo
Curator: salto logo
Project partners:
national environment reasearch council bluedot logo association for science and discovery centres culture liverpool culture liverpool mayor logo liverpool cathedral