Published on: Wed, 27/04/2022 - 17:09


Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.

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.

The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; 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 nature.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.

Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Luke says ‘I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home.’

Gaia is free to visit from 10 May – 4 June please visit The Hub's website for all Gaia opening times.

The Hub is fully accessible and is located in Lichfield’s Market Square, close to car parks and public transport. Its lovely Coffee shop and Earth Bar will be open during the daytime and on non-performance evenings its Earth Bar will be open for you to visit and view the Earth in all its glory– so head over, gaze at our awesome planet and relax!

Throughout the Gaia exhibition The Hub has got a host of exciting events ’under the earth’. These include: Let Me In Introducing – a free event, showcasing rising musical talent from the Midlands and beyond, exploring a beautiful range of original music and unique covers (May 13);  Ain’t Misbehavin with 52 Skiddo – a dazzling set of 20’s and 30’s American jazz set in a Harlem Speakeasy and Hot Jazz Bar (May 14); What a Wonderful World – a family concert from The Highly Strung Quartet (May 15); 2040, a feature documentary about climate change brought to you by Transition Lichfield (May 19) and All I Need – A ‘Lie Down’ Audio Visual Event Under the Earth (May 21&22).

The Hub Creative Director, Anthony Evans says: "Wow!! Having Gaia installed at The Hub is going to be an amazing opportunity for everyone to share and enjoy this awesome experience. It’s hard to imagine a more relevant time to be hosting this fabulous artwork. At The Hub, being accessible, relevant and open to everyone is essential, which is why we work hard to make events such as Gaia free of charge. This is not to be missed!!"

The Gaia exhibition is free to visit. Some of The Hub's ‘under the earth’ events are free, some are ticketed and some are ‘pay what you can’.

Check out the website for all details about Gaia opening times and events taking place ‘under the Earth’.


*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.


Photo credits:

Inside Out Dorset 2021 c. Roy Riley