Liverpool Cathedral visitors can witness the world under one roof in the coming months as the landmark welcomes majestic artwork ‘Gaia’.
Following the success of last year’s ‘Museum of the Moon’, which attracted 60,000 visitors, this latest spectacle will see a 23ft replica of Earth featuring accurate and detailed NASA imagery hang in the iconic Grade I-listed building.
Going on display from 25 May to 23 June, the installation by British artist Luke Jerram will be complemented by a sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello-winning composer Dan Jones.
The artwork forms part of the city’s Changing Tides programme, which also incorporates the free family-friendly River Festival Liverpool on 1-2 June.
Other River Festival attractions include the ‘The Urchins’ – architect Jin Hoi’s large hand-crocheted works of art made from fishing nets – on the waterfront. The three-meter by six-meter fabric shell will be illuminated as it floats above the water.
Elsewhere the Pier Head will become a canvas for artist Jola Kudela, who specialises in working in public spaces and engaging with communities to recreate scenes from classic paintings with a 21 Century twist. Work will start on the new commission, named ‘Yolart’, in April.
A broken ship will act as a stage for performances, aerial circus, dance and soundscapes to tell the tales of sailors, survivors and rescuers in ‘Shipwreck: Receivers of the Wreck’ at Mann Island; and House of Suarez’s ‘On the Town’ dance commission will bring a New York-inspired tap extravaganza on land and shore at the waterfront.
In addition, Liverpool’s long-standing relationship with the Big Apple will be celebrated at the Pier Head main stage with live music performances.
The city’s Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, says: “River Festival Liverpool has become a much-loved staple of our events calendar and it attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year.
“We are incredibly proud of the creative programme which showcases some of the very best in art and culture from local and global talent through commissions, installations and performances.
“We are delighted to work with Luke Jerram once again – the Moon was not only hugely popular, but also thought-provoking, and Gaia will be equally as impactful in such an impressive space as the iconic Liverpool Cathedral.
“It’s set to be a busy weekend on our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront as we celebrate our maritime heritage.”
This year’s maritime festivities will also see Royal Albert Dock Liverpool become home to three stages featuring Indian, African and Irish music; a number of Nobby Boats that visitors can explore on board and the International Canoe Polo Tournament at Princes Dock; the arrival of several striking vessels and exhibitions including combat weapons displays and Sea Cadets activities.