This installation was meant to be a part of RISING festival before it got cancelled by lockdown.
There’s something about the moon that calls to us. Through mythical stories and scientific discoveries, the moon has always had a place in our mind. If you didn’t get to see this massive moon installation at RISING festival, and you felt crushingly disappointed, don’t worry. There’s a second chance. Museum at the Moon will be at Bunjil Plaza this winter for you to fully appreciate it.
What is it?
Museum of the Moon is a touring piece of art by UK artist Luke Jerram. It’s a massive moon, measuring at seven metres in diameter. In addition, each centimetre represents about five kilometres of the moon’s surface. The installation is lit internally, and combines lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition to create something ethereal.
Jerram calls the moon a “cultural mirror” to society, as it reflected the beliefs of people around the world. It’s inspired many scientists and artists around the world, including Jerram himself. When he lived in Bristol, he was struck by the moon’s influence on the nearby tides. This moment of inspiration prompted him to create the installation we have today.
Where can I find it?
Museum of the Moon will be presented at Bunjil Place in Narre Warren as part of the Winter Arts Festival run by the City of Casey.
The launch party for Museum of the Moon is on Friday June 25. After that, the moon will be free for all to see from Saturday June 26 to Sunday July 4.
Bunjil Place is also running events to keep the space spectacle going. There’ll be a planetarium, where you’ll journey beyond the moon to learn more about the universe, space-themed movies like Wall-E and an augmented reality installation that will turn you into moon dust.
For more information about the program, visit Bunjil Place’s website.
Find Museum of the Moon at 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren VIC 3805.