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Impressive Gaia globe offers an out-of-this-world experience

James Iles 2nd Feb, 2022

FOR those of us unable to afford a space-flight anytime soon, you can now see the world as it is seen from space at Birmingham’s Millennium Point.

The awe-inspiring Gaia artwork, created by artist Luke Jerram, has toured our beautiful and precious planet before being unveiled this week at the award-winning events and conference venue.

Created from detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the major art installation is free-of-charge to see and will be on display in Millennium Point’s impressive atrium until Monday, March 28.

An impressive globe, measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia invites guests to appreciate the beauty and majesty of our planet on a breathtaking scale.

The spectacular artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the Earth, with each centimetre of the sculpture depicting 18km of the Earth’s surface.

Global scale – Millennium Point has also announced an exciting programme of film screenings, family activities and themed events throughout February and March, which are now available to book online via the venue’s website.

The installation is suspended from above and slowly revolving, giving visitors the chance to view the Earth from every angle as never before.

The artwork is also accompanied by a specially created surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

To celebrate Gaia’s arrival, Millennium Point has also announced an exciting programme of film screenings, family activities and themed events throughout February and March, which are now available to book online via the venue’s website.

Events include a special screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet over Valentines weekend; film screenings of family-favourites The Little Mermaid and Moana during February half term, a Silent Disco underneath the Gaia globe, and much more.

Abbie Vlahakis, CEO at Millennium Point, said: “We’re delighted to see this profound artwork on display, which encourages us to appreciate the beauty of our planet like never before.

“Gaia has been displayed across the globe – from Rome to Shanghai – so we’re thrilled to bring it to the very heart of Birmingham for the first time, so that people across the region can enjoy this incredible artwork up close. We can’t wait to welcome visitors for an experience that’s out of this world!”

Luke Jerram, artist and creator of Gaia, commented: “I’m excited that Gaia is now on display in Birmingham, and I hope that people from across the city and beyond will have the chance to experience a new perspective of our place on the planet.

“I hope visitors to Gaia at Millennium Point get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. It is an ecosystem we urgently need to look after and our only home.”

Gaia is free to visit, open to all ages and no booking is required. For more information and to plan your visit, go to www.millenniumpoint.org.uk/gaia/

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