Museum of the Moon gives people a chance to reconnect with the night’s sky by amplifying the experience of gazing at the moon. The artwork is a 7 metre-diameter, internally lit spherical sculpture, inflated and filled with Helium and air, printed with the most accurate and detailed up-todate imagery of the moon’s surface as supplied from NASA!
The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the sculpture represents 5 km of the moon’s surface. A musical composition by Dan Jones is played during the visit of the Museum of the Moon, an object of wonder, to contemplate, celebrate and pay respect to.
Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to our beliefs, understanding and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, writers and musicians the world over. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon. In more recent history, the moon has been a site for ongoing scientific exploration.
Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world, and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift. Through local research at each location of the artwork, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next.