A giant moon replica will land in Liverpool complete with sound created by a BAFTA and Ivor Novello winner.
The 23ft installation has been created by renowned British artist Luke Jerran using detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.
Named ‘Museum of the Moon’, the stunning attraction featuring a sound composition by award-winning composer Dan Jones, will head to Liverpool Cathedral as part of a city-wide line-up of events during the final May bank holiday weekend.
It forms part of the ‘Changing Tides’ creative programme curated for the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta on May 25-28.
Other highlights are set to include a top secret UK premiere from European digital artists Visual Skin, which will be revealed during the week leading up to the event, and the chance to step inside a 50ft inflatable sperm whale created by Circo Rum Ba Ba.
There’ll also be a performance by Wired Aerial Theatre; a new ‘The Sun, The Moon and the Stars’ water ballet commissioned from House of Suarez to be performed around Liverpool; and a 15ft high cat made from milk bottles will go on display at Albert Dock.
Local sculptor Faith Bebbington has created the cat, which will be seen chasing her ‘Super Rat’ sculpture which appeared on a rooftop in the Baltic Triangle back in 2016.
Meanwhile, artist Lulu Quinn has been commissioned to create a huge message in a bottle sculpture from thousands of recycled plastic bottles, which will contain environmental messages from local school children and is set to be transported by one of the Tall Ships in the Parade of Sail on the final day of the festival.
The parade will see the ships head out of the River Mersey and onto Dublin for the second leg of the event.
The bottle will eventually go on display in Bordeaux, France where the Tall Ships Regatta finishes in June.
Elsewhere in the Liverpool City Region, Wirral Council is working in partnership with Culture Liverpool to bring a programme of entertainment to New Brighton waterfront and Hamilton Square.
Announcing the festivities, Claire McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, says: “The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta in 2018 takes place between Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux and our creative programme aims to unite these port destinations.
“We will showcase the very best in local arts and culture alongside artists from around the globe through an exciting series of commissions, installations, sculptures, exhibitions and performances.”
The programme, which is commissioned by Culture Liverpool and part funded by Arts Council England, also forms part of this year’s Liverpool 2018 celebrations to mark a decade since the city’s Capital of Culture year.
Further details of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta programme are expected to be announced over the coming weeks.