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Earth, Moon and new Mars sculptures coming to Skegness for six weeks

An exciting spring lined up at Embassy Theatre

Three renowned exhibitions by popular artist Luke Jerram will be coming to Skegness’ Embassy Theatre this spring, projecting touring artworks of the Earth, Moon and Mars into the building.

From February 10 until March 24, the Embassy Theatre in Skegness will serve as a base for Luke Jerram’s unique art projects – open for the public to enjoy.

Jerram has made himself a recognisable name in the art world in recent years with his live projects and large-scale public artworks.

Artist Luke Jerram with his touring artwork installation Gaia. | Photo: Natural Environment Research Council

His Gaia sculpture of the Earth, using NASA imagery, saw over 20,000 visitors when it was at the Collection Museum in Lincoln last year, and his Museum of the Moon piece dazzled at Lincoln Cathedral.

Now he has a new project to unveil in Lincolnshire for the first time, following the success of his Earth and Moon designs to create a Mars equivalent.

The difference this time is that the projects will not be suspended in the air, but instead much lower so you can see the details of the NASA imagery closer up.


Luke Jerram art schedule as Skegness Embassy Theatre “over the moon” with plans

| Photo: Destination Lincolnshire

The popular Gaia project will return to Lincolnshire first, as the seven metre diameter projection of the Earth’s surface can be seen at the Embassy Theatre between February 10 and 23.

From February 24 to March 9 will be the turn of Museum of the Moon, a projection of the Moon which is the same size as Gaia and has an approximate scale of 1:500,000.

Finally, in a Lincolnshire debut, Luke Jerram will bring his new Mars artwork to Skegness from March 10 to March 24.

Mars, much like the two installations before it, uses 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the planet’s surface and allows us to get an up-close view of what Mars would look like from the air.

The Museum of the Moon installation measures seven metres in diameter and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

All three pieces will be accompanied by sound composition from BAFTA winning composer Dan Jones, and they will be free to view with a booking slot on the Embassy Theatre website.

Discussing his new Mars piece, Luke Jerram said: “Mars follows on from my other touring astronomical artworks Museum of the Moon and Gaia, and allows a close encounter with the martian planet.

“I hope that visitors will feel transported to its inhospitable desert wasteland and in comparison, really value our life on Earth.”

The artist will host a live, interactive Q&A session on launch night (March 10) for the Mars installation.

For a full list of the events over the six-week period of Luke Jerram’s Skegness residency, visit the Embassy Theatre website.


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