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Gaia by Luke Jerram

Marking Earth Day on the Isle of Man, see the planet as you have never seen it before! Witness Gaia, the iconic giant illuminated globe installation by UK artist Luke Jerram.

  • Date 20/04/2024 — 12/05/2024
  • Time Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 1pm - 4pm, selected evening openings (generally Mon, Tue, Fri and Sat) 6pm - 8pm.
  • Location St. Thomas' Church, Douglas
  • Price £0 to £3 (donations welcome)
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Marking Earth Day on the Isle of Man, see the planet as you have never seen it before!

Gaia, the iconic giant illuminated globe installation by UK artist Luke Jerram will be floating inside St Thomas’ Church, accompanied by a specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture.

Measuring six metres in diameter, Gaia is an internally-lit sphere, 2.1 million times smaller than the real Earth. It has been recreated from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and each centimetre of the sculpture represents 21km of our planet.

This is a unique chance to see our precious planet at this scale, rotating in three-dimensions, framed inside St Thomas’ magnificent archways and famed Nicholson murals. To be the first to hear about tickets, sign up to the Net Zero newsletter, details of opening times and events around Gaia are available at: www.netzero.im/gaia

How to get there: Please take planet friendly transport where possible, walk, wheel or take public transport. St Thomas’ is located on Finch Road. The nearest bus stop is at the Cultural Area/Gaiety Theatre and is served by 1, 2, 11 and 12 bus services on the promenade.  Cycle parking is also located in this area. The venue is an 11 minute walk from the main Lord Street Bus Station. To view routes and timetables visit Bus Vannin.

Access: Entry will be via the double door entrance on Finch Road. Ramp access is available. The nearest public toilet facilities are at Chester Street or the Villa Marina Arcade.

You’ll need to book a ticket to a session to visit Gaia.

Sessions (up to 45 minutes each) are between: Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 1pm – 4pm, selected evening openings (generally Mon, Tue, Fri and Sat) 6pm – 8pm.

Day sessions are free with donations welcome on entry or in advance to St Thomas’ Church, evening sessions are £3. Special events may have a separate charge.

All attendees must have a ticket.

Book a Quiet Session for low lighting and lower sound. You may wish to bring ear defenders or tinted glasses if you have aversion to lighting.

Note this is not an all seated event you can move around the venue to see Gaia and go under it, although you may choose to sit in the pews for a time.

The visit has been supported by a partnership of organisations including Net Zero Isle of Man, the Isle of Man Arts Council and headline sponsors Ørsted.

 

Image credit – W5 Belfast

Event location: St. Thomas' Church, Douglas

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