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Bury St Edmunds to host massive rotating sculpture of planet Earth




A massive rotating sculpture of planet Earth is heading to Bury St Edmunds .

The seven metre diameter 'Gaia' artwork will be displayed at The Apex from October 3 to 18.

It is the first time the sculpture will be brought to East Anglia having been displayed in Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan and at the Natural History Museum in London.

Gaia. Picture courtesy of the Natural Environment Research Council
Gaia. Picture courtesy of the Natural Environment Research Council

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: "This is a massive coup for Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.

"When we had the Museum of the Moon at The Apex last year, we saw 15,000 visitors in the first week.

"We are not expecting as many as that and will have social distancing measures in place, but equally we do hope that people will come to see and enjoy this wonderous sight before going to enjoy the local shops, restaurants and other town attractions."

Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, the sculpture’s name is derived from the Greek word Gaia meaning ‘earth’

A specially created surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer, Dan Jones, will be played alongside the sculpture.

The artwork, featuring detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre describing 18km of the planet's surface.

By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

It has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Gaia can be viewed at The Apex from October 3 to 18 between 10am and 4pm daily.

Although entry is free allowing access for all, as the venue has not been in a position to present a live concert since March, a donation of £3 per person is being recommended.

There is an option to make a larger donation to support The Apex, or donations can be waived and Gaia experienced for free.

To ensure social distancing, a limited number of people will be allowed to enter the auditorium at any given point and time slots will be limited to 25 minutes.

Visitors will be required to wear their own facemask in the auditorium and hand sanitiser stations will be available.

Pre-booking is essential and booking opens on August 28. Visit www.theapex.co.uk

For more information about Gaia visit www.my-earth.org

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