Following its display at the Painted Hall over the Summer, it has been confirmed that the sculpture will return to the Old Royal Naval College in January 2021.

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Created by Luke Jerram, the art installation Gaia will be back on display from the 3rd January for a full month until the 7th February alongside a series of Friday late night openings.

Lit internally, this sculpture measures seven metres in diameter and was created using 120dpi NASA imagery and is an exact scale replica of our

Gaia is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, with each centimetre of the sculpture representing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211 metres away from the slowly rotating artwork, viewers can see the Earth as it appears from the moon while enjoying a specially made surround-sound
composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Gaia Friday night openings will illuminate visitors’ worlds every Friday in January. These exciting late-night openings will allow visitors into the Painted Hall after hours. The late-night openings will also include after hours access to the Painted Hall Café to enjoy food and drink along with the Baroque and contemporary art upstairs in the Hall.

Talking about the news Matthew Mees, Chief Executive of the Old Royal Naval College said: “The wonder of Gaia as a thoughtful and illuminating work of art needs to be seen to be believed, especially against the
magnificent Baroque setting of the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to install Jerram’s thought-provoking work once again and give everyone a chance to visit and experience it for themselves.”

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