Earth calling Derby…

Derby Cathedral is set to offer visitors the chance to get up close and personal with a giant three-dimensional, illuminated artwork of the Earth floating above the nave.

One of the most-visited attractions in the city, the Cathedral will host Gaia, a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, whose previous artwork Museum of the Moon came to Derby Cathedral in 2019.

Measuring seven metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, Gaia is complemented by a specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.

On display from 22 September to 16 October 2022, the spectacular installation is designed to stimulate thought over key issues of climate change, creation, and our place on the Earth, something that will also be explored during a special events programme.

Running alongside the installation, the programme will include wellbeing events, music, and nature walks, with details to be revealed later in the year.

Derby Cathedral provides a spectacular setting for the new artwork.

Rich in history, among the Cathedral’s highlights are the tomb of Bess of Hardwick; a memorial to Florence Nightingale, who had strong connections to Derbyshire and the city; and an impressive wrought iron screen by Robert Bakewell, one of the country’s leading ironsmiths of the 18th-Century.

And listen out for the bells too – they are the oldest set of 10 bells in the world, one of which was cast in 1520, during the reign of Henry VIII, and is still in use today.

Gaia at Derby Cathedral is programmed in association with Derby Festé and is sponsored by the University of Derby and Cosy Direct.

Entry will be free with a suggested entry donation of £3 per person, which will go towards the care and work of the city’s Cathedral.

More details on the installation, see https://derbycathedral.org/gaia

For tourist information about Derby, see www.visitderby.co.uk

Photo: Luke Jerram Gaia – courtesy of Phil Longfoot