Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, Gaia, is coming to Wells Cathedral from 11 October – 10 November 2022.
Centred around this awe-inspiring artwork, Wells Cathedral’s ‘Stewards of the Earth’ project will encourage us to reflect on our impact on the planet and to learn how each of us can care for it.
Information for visitors, key event details, and ways to get involved will appear on this page as Gaia’s arrival looms.
Last updated: 18 July 2022
When to see Gaia
Tuesday 11 October – Saturday 12 November 2022 (inclusive) Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4pm; Sunday: 12pm – 2pm; 4pm – 6pm Open Evenings: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (dates tbc)
Admission to Wells Cathedral and to see the Gaia exhibition is by donation.
Suggested donations are: Adults: £6; Concessions: £5; Families: £15; Open Evenings: £4pp
‘Stewards of the Earth’ Project
The ‘Stewards of the Earth’ Project aims to encourage each of us to reflect on our impact on the planet, and what we can do to be better stewards of it. Alongside information boards around the Cathedral, Visitors can get to know and register with local wildlife charities, who will be exhibiting their work in the North Transept.
The project will culminate in our ‘Tuesday Talks‘, taking place at 7.00pm each Tuesday throughout Gaia’s stay. These talks offer an opportunity to hear from local charities (including the Somerset Wildlife Trust and The Woodland Trust), environmental scientists and civic representatives, as we raise the critical issues facing our planet today and ask how we might address these on a local, national, and international scale.
Image: Gaia at Inside Out Dorset, 2021. Photo by Roy Riley Photography
Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in Diameter, it features high resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. 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.
Watch the video below to hear Luke Jerram talk about the artwork.
Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.