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Luke Jerram at Pennington Flash

Friday 19th until Thursday 25th November 2021

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the world. Having more than 600 exhibitions in 44 countries, he is now known globally for his innovative arts practice and large scale public artworks. We are delighted that he will be presenting a brand new work for the first time, commissioned by Wigan Council and Quays Culture.

'Floating Earth' is a 10m diameter replica of planet Earth, projected with imagery taken directly from NASA. The earth will float on Pennington Flash for 10 days giving visitors a unique experience to view the Earth as though it has impossibly fallen from the sky. Luke Jerram aims to evoke the ‘overview effect’, first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

Awe inspiring Floating Earth combined with the equally awe inspiring nature reserve, Pennington Flash, will be a perfect match and should take visitors breath away both day and night.

Soundscape by Dan Jones - if you wish to listen to it please bring your own headphones and mobile device. The audio piece is 29 minutes long.

Moths To A Flame

Pupils from Westleigh Methodist Primary worked with community artist/activist Vicky Tyrrell to join in with the nationwide ‘Moths to a Flame’ project, initiated by The Art and Energy Collective in Plymouth.  Moths to a Flame is a mass participation art installation engaging thousands of people in creative activity and conversation inspired by our energy systems, relationship with nature, and the climate emergency. The pupil’s work will contribute to this national sculpture in Glasgow, aimed at world leaders attending COP26. The students’ work urges us all to follow their lead and become courageous advocates for our precious planet.

Listen to vital messages from the young activists of Westleigh Methodist Primary School.