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Out and About: Gaia

At our Design Studio we often turn to nature as a source of inspiration and we recently discovered UK based visual artist Luke Jerram, who takes this concept to the extreme. Jerram is bringing the entirety of Mother Nature into various interior spaces around Britain. The result is spiritually and emotionally evoking.

Tucked on a neighbourhood street in Shepherd’s Bush we stumbled upon a small crowd who were waiting for the doors of a local church to open. Walking past the church one would not know that it was hosting such an incredible piece of art. As the doors opened, we followed the group inside to discover Jerram’s visual masterpiece – Gaia. Measuring seven metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions.

The installation aims to create a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. This term is in reference to the experiences astronauts have whilst visiting space. They commonly have a feeling of awe for Earth, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

Quietly watching Earth spin, we couldn’t help but be moved by its demand for attention. A sharp and simple statement for the home we all inhabit. A place we all enjoy with the colours of life. A poignant reminder of a place we must take care of.

The travelling artwork has also been featured in the National History Museum, Salisbury Cathedral and other locations globally.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 20 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. We’re so glad to have discovered this inspiring installation whilst ‘Out and About’. Always remember to take time to wander, explore and discover!

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