Luke Jerram (UK)
Earth fuses detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface with a composition of cosmic sounds, hoping to create in the viewer the same sense of awe and wonder experienced by astronauts as they view our planet from outer space.
It is a new work by multidisciplinary British Artist Luke Jerram, with a surround-sound composition by BAFTA-award winning Composer Dan Jones.
The artist became interested in the profound experiences reported by astronauts: their descriptions of how precious the Earth appears — and how fragile, that they can see no visible borders between countries. This ‘overview effect’, first described by Author Frank White in 1987 in a book by the same name, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and of humanity.
Presented in the Overseas Passenger Terminal, this work measures 3.75 metres in diameter, its size acting as a visual beacon, summoning the public to travel and explore and to also contemplate the impact of humanity on our planet.
Over its lifetime, Earth will be presented in a number of different interior and exterior environments, altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. Whether it is presented in an art museum, botanical garden, cathedral or science centre, the context will dramatically alter its meaning.
Country represented by installation: United Kingdom