Exhibition: Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram

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This is the second exhibition I have seen this year where Luke Jerram combines science with art.  Whilst Jerram’s Glass Microbiology was fascinating on the small-scale, Museum of the Moon is simply awe-inspiring.

Jerram’s moon balloon is described on his website as follows:

“Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.”

The Museum of the Moon has been installed at a number of different indoor and outdoor locations worldwide.  It is supposed to address the current state of lunar science, as well as allowing viewers to consider cultural similarities and differences, given that different global cultures have their own ” historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon”.

As a photographer, one of the main things that I will take away from the exhibition, is that photography can be used on many scales.  I have a tendency to think of my photographs as belonging on a screen or as an A4/A3 print.  I forget that photographs can also be used on a massive scale.  This is something that I had to think about when doing my collage class a few months ago.  The tutor kept reminding me that it was okay to think bigger.  I guess that this exhibition, just reinforces that concept for me.

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