Measuring seven metres in diameter, Earth features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. With this artwork Luke hopes to create a sense of what the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. The Overview Effect transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the Earth sculpture.
The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the Moon.
Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first time humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, our perception and understanding of our planet changed forever. Hanging in the black emptiness of space the Earth seems isolated, a precious and fragile island of life. From a distance, the Earth is just a pale blue dot.
Over its lifetime, it will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors. Whether Earth is presented in a museum, cathedral, science centre or parkland, the experience and interpretation of the artwork will change. The Earth also acts as a venue, with local hosts creating their own programme of events to take place beneath the artwork.
Created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. The artwork is set to premiere at Bluedot Festival this July.
To express interest in presenting this artwork in 2019 please email Leela: firstname.lastname@example.org