Gain a new view of Planet Earth

See Planet Earth as you have never seen it before via a visiting installation.

See Planet Earth as you have never seen it before.

Marking Earth Day 2024, Gaia, the iconic giant illuminated globe installation by UK artist Luke Jerram, will be floating inside St Thomas’ Church in Douglas between 19 April and 12 May.

Gaia measures six metres in diameter, and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our precious planet on this scale, and turning in three-dimensions. A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones is played alongside the artwork.

The installation creates a sense of the Overview Effect, which was 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. 

It is hoped Gaia will help spread the message about our collective responsibility to protect our UNESCO Biosphere and the future of our planet.

Gaia at Salisbury Cathedral (photo: Luke Jerram)

A programme of Earth-inspired events will invite visitors to enjoy this amazing artwork in a variety of ways and an interactive activity on leaving Gaia will inspire them to make a pledge to protect our planet. Gaia also runs throughout Manx Wildlife Week, which also boasts a great programme of events.

Gaia has been supported by a partnership of organisations including Net Zero Isle of Man, the Isle of Man Arts Council and headline sponsor, Ørsted, alongside St Thomas’ Church, which is hosting Gaia in its nave. The church is registered as an Eco Church under the A Rocha UK project and is working towards an Eco Church Award. 

To find out more about Gaia at St Thomas’ Church and to book your tickets to the event, click here.

Posted up on 2nd April 2024


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