The Palm Temple is an artwork commissioned by Sky Arts in Italy for presentation in London in January 2020.
In September 2019, Luke Jerram was approached by the production company 3D Produzioni in Milan about making an artwork inspired by Brunelleschi’s dome of Florence Cathedral (Duomo di Firenze). The artwork had to be at least 5m in height, fabricated quickly for a temporary presentation. The design and making of the artwork is currently being filmed for the programme.
Luke developed several concepts but the final artwork commissioned is based on a spiralling lamella dome structure. This dome is cut in half, the two halves are then placed in parallel, like two palms of a hand coming together.
While Florence Cathedral is a temple for contemplating God, this new artwork is designed for contemplating nature. This is a contemplation space, and pavilion for discussions around the environment. The artwork is being made from cedar wood and references stained glass with its dichroic panelled windows. (See example of Luke’s previous artwork, Tribute).
Placed in the landscape, people can enter and contemplate the space. The floor is mirrored which reflects the dome above. From inside, the effect should be spectacular.
The temple connects the sky and clouds with the ground. The temple will be changing minute by minute with the shifting weather patterns and daylight. At night the artwork will be internally illuminated.
The artwork is 5m tall x 10m long x 3.2m wide.