Dorset Moon

featuring Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon

Performance: Museum of the Moon

Fifty years on from the first moon landing, Inside Out Dorset Festival has joined forces with b-side and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea to present Dorset Moon, an exciting new addition to the 2019 Summer calendar.

You will be able to experience the moon in a way you never imagined was possible. This moon has travelled all over the world and has wowed thousands, now Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon is touching down in Dorset this Summer as part of Dorset Moon; the exciting new arts event programme for summer 2019.

The centrepiece to Dorset Moon events is Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, an astounding seven metre diameter spherical sculpture where each centimetre represents five kilometres of the moon surface. This incredible installation is a fusion of large-scale NASA lunar imagery, atmospheric moonlight and surround-sound audio created by Ivor Novello and BAFTA award winning composer, Dan Jones.

After inspiring audiences across the globe, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Museum makes its Dorset debut in three extraordinary locations where, by the light of its mesmerising moonglow, a full programme of lunar-inspired events will create an experience that’s out of this world. The full event timetable will be revelaed very soon and will include newly commissioned dance, a silent disco, abbey choirs and yoga under the moon.

Dorset Moon is presented by the Dorset Festivals Consortium:

  • Inside Out Dorset (produced by Activate)
  • b-side 
  • Bournemouth Arts By the Sea

Commissioned by the Arts Development Company with funding from European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

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Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon images by Ed Simmons, BBC, Leicester Univerersity

About the artist:

Juke Jerram

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface*.

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 the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and to aid night time navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon.

Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift. Through local research at each location of the artwork, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next.

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