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09 May 2019

GAIA, a stunning installation by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram, is the centrepiece of Salisbury International Arts Festival 2019 which runs from 24 May to 9 June 2019.

GAIA is a rotating 7 metre globe featuring NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and marks 50 years since the moon landings of 1969. The installation provides an opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating under the spire crossing of Salisbury Cathedral.

In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.

GAIA is a timely backdrop to debate about how our fragile planet should be nurtured for future generations. Salisbury Festival 2019 incorporates a new Festival of Ideas: Our Fragile Home which brings together mind-expanding documentary and film with music, poetry and discussion with nuclear and climate experts.

Artist Luke Jerram said: “I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home. Halfway through the Earth’s six mass extinction, we urgently need to wake up, and change our behaviour. We need to quickly make the changes necessary, to prevent run away Climate Change. There really is no Planet B!

GAIA will form the backdrop to Salisbury Festival performances including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra playing Holst’s The Planets; Harriet Mackenzie leading a glorious, nature-inspired concert with the London Chamber Orchestra including Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending; and the Salisbury Festival Chorus performing Alec Roth’s beautiful choral work Earthrise.

GAIA can also be viewed in the spire crossing at Salisbury Cathedral which is open 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.

GAIA in Salisbury Cathedral is sponsored by Wilsons Solicitors. Salisbury Cathedral is the Principal Venue Partner of Salisbury International Arts Festival.



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Notes to Editors:

Salisbury International Arts Festival blazed into life in 1973 with a thrilling artistic programme that captured the hearts and minds of Salisbury. Since then, successive inspirational Festival Directors have built upon that original offer ensuring that, for two weeks every year, the buildings, streets and open spaces of the city have been alive with creativity and artistic excellence.

In 2019 the Festival enters a new stage in its evolution as part of Wiltshire Creative. As part of that evolution, Jonathan Dove, one of Britain’s finest contemporary composers, is Guest Festival Director.

About Luke Jerram

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. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.