Winter Festival 2023 – Museum of the Moon

Winter Festival 2023 – Museum of the Moon

Project overview

Museum of the Moon, a touring artwork by Luke Jerram visited Rotherham Minster from 18th November to 30th November 2023.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. 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.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series of lunar-inspired events beneath the moon.

During Museum of the Moon’s visit in Rotherham, it will be accompanied by a varied programme of events, sessions, workshops and much more.


'Museum of the Moon - Rotherham Minster 2023' - Created by Studio Bokehgo, taken on 18th November at the launch night.

'Museum of the Moon - Rotherham Minster - November 2023' - Luke Jerram introduces the artwork and the inspiration behind it.

Museum of the Moon has been co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival. These include: Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Brighton FestivalWithout Walls, Cork Midsummer FestivalWe The CuriousLakes AliveProvincial Domain Dommelhof, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes  and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The artwork has also been created in partnership with the UK Space AgencyUniversity of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

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