HOTA to present East Coast premiere of the major earth installation, Gaia

HOTA, Home of the Arts, has recently announced it will present the internationally renowned installation Gaia this October, the first time the artwork will be presented on Australia’s East Coast.

Created by UK multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and combines 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface with specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.

Gaia is the personification of the Earth in Greek Mythology and this major artwork provides visitors the opportunity to view our planet as if they were astronauts looking on from outer space.

The installation will be suspended from HOTA’s Outdoor Stage from 1 – 14 October 2020 and will be accompanied by a program of events, to be announced, including classical music, contemporary dance, talks from thought-leaders, and more.

Criena Gehrke, Chief Executive Officer of HOTA, Home of the Arts said: “Luke Jerram’s stunning installation captures the beauty and fragility of our planet. In a time where people are overwhelmed, this captivating artwork offers a gentle space for reflection.

“Audiences can come and sit on the lawn, enjoying the experience in their own time with loved ones, or take advantage of the performances taking place that will respond to the wonder of Gaia.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide the opportunity to connect with work from a celebrated international artist.”

Luke Jerram is a UK-based artist known globally for his multidisciplinary work including sculptures, installations and live artworks, which combine art, science and play.

His most recent installation Museum of the Moon has been viewed by over 3 million people worldwide and was presented in Australia at the Commonwealth Games and recently at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

“Gaia creates a sense of the Overview Effect, the experience 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, as felt by astronauts in outer space,” said Artist Luke Jerram.

“Now in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for our natural world.”

The program of events and opening hours will be announced shortly. Further information can be found here.

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