July: Luke Jerram Mars | News & Features
Travel 226 million kilometers in one day as an incredibly accurate recreation of the planet Mars arrives in Bristol.
The seven-meter-diameter sculpture will be open to the public for the first time on the weekend of July 31, when on display in the iconic Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol.
Mars is the latest piece by Luke Jerram, whose public art includes the spectacular Palm Temple (found at the University of Bristol), more than 2,000 “street pianos” that he has placed in cities around the world and a 90-meter slide on Park Street in Bristol.
His critically acclaimed art often has a strong spatial theme, including giant sculptures of the Moon and Earth. Mars is the latest creation in this series.
The artwork uses NASA imagery to capture the planet with forensic detail, with every inch of the illuminated sculpture inside representing 10 kilometers of the surface of Mars. It is presented with a Mars surround sound composition specially commissioned by Dan Jones.
Luke, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol in 2020, said: “This will be the first time I will feature Mars in slow rotation, so I am delighted to see how this movement brings the sculpture to life.
“It’s a great pleasure to bring this new work to Bristol and the Great Hall of the Wills building is a great place. I am sure all geologists and astronomers at the University will be delighted to see Mars up close.
Luke Jerram’s impressive Gaia Earth artwork was hosted by the Cabot Institute for the Environment in the Wills Memorial Building in 2019 and the Moon Museum was on display there in 2017.
Judith Squires, Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University of Bristol, said: “After a very difficult year, we wanted to do something special for our staff and our students.
“It’s great to mark their accomplishments with another breathtaking sculpture by Luke Jerram and we hope this inspiring synergy of art and science will be a testament to their university experience.
“Although Mars is only with us for a short time, we want the people of Bristol to have the chance to see him as well.”
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