Created from detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the installation will provide the opportunity to see the planet on a big scale, floating in three dimensions.
The exhibition is being staged in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and Your Trust (formerly Link4Life) and is supported financially by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
“Gaia is breath-taking, spectacular and quite extraordinary in equal measure.
Councillor Sue Smith, cabinet member for communities and co-operation at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “This is very exciting, and as we saw with Dippy the dinosaur, Number One Riverside is a great exhibition space.
UK artist Luke Jerram’s seven metre ‘Gaia’ installation depicting the Earth will be exhibited at Number One Riverside in Rochdale, Greater Manchester from 20 November until Christmas Eve.
A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones will be played alongside the sculpture.
“This will be an opportunity to give visitors a new perspective of our place on the planet. We are developing a series of supporting installations, exhibits and events around Gaia.
Left: a series of special events are planned around the exhibit. Right: Gaia on display at the Natural History Museum in London.
“We never usually get to see the earth from this perspective, Gaia will be awe inspiring!” Before reaching Rochdale Gaia, who’s name comes from Greek mythology meaning the personification of the Earth, will be visiting Hull, the USA, the Netherlands, Norwich, Norway and Canada.
The team behind the installation are now planning a series of special events across the borough to accompany Gaia, themed around looking after our environment and its precious resources. Darren Grice, deputy chief executive of Your Trust added: “We’re delighted to build on the success of Dippy on Tour, bringing another fantastic creative spectacle to the borough.
“Just as with Dippy, we hope that seeing the earth as if floating in space, will wow visitors and inspire each of us to protect our precious planet. “The United Nations Climate Change Conference in November will be a thought provoking prelude to some very exciting activities here in Rochdale.”
Further details about its stay in Rochdale will be announced later this summer and you can find out more about Gaia at www.rochdale.gov.uk/events