The Museum of the Moon at Sherborne Abbey

Luke Jerrams’s Museum of the Moon has gone on display in Sherborne Abbey, Dorset. From Friday 5th July until Sunday 7th July, the Moon will hang above the Abbey crossing.
Open for viewing from 9am – midnight. See you there.

Luke Jerram’s Moon seen from the Choir of Sherborne Abbey

The moon has always inspired humanity, acting as a ‘cultural mirror’ to society, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of all people around the world. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and been a source of light to aid nighttime navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers and musicians the world over. The ethereal blue light cast by a full moon, the delicate crescent following the setting sun, or the mysterious dark side of the moon has evoked passion and exploration. Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationships to the moon. And yet somehow, despite these differences, the moon connects us all.

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*.

Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travels from place to place, it will gather new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones. Each venue also programmes their own series lunar inspired events beneath the moon.

Commentary by Luke Jerram from Museum of the Moon

Luke Jerram’s Moon seen from the West End of Sherborne Abbey


Its not often that you see much pagan sensibility within the hallowed walls of Sherborne Abbey but it was obvious that The Moon (who can be a Harsh Mistress) was enjoying the adulation of her celebrants last night. And we’ll be back there again tonight.

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