Image caption / credit:  © Photo: Jim Huntsman. Gaia at Fire Light Falkirk
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Gaia by Luke Jerram

Free event (No Ticket Required)

Saturday 10 - Friday 30 July

10.30am - 5.30pm, except:
Thursday 29 July: 10.30am - 4.30pm and After Dark Opening Times: 
Thursday 15 July: 9.30pm - 11.30pm 
Friday 16, Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Thursday 29 July: 9.30pm - 11pm

FREE: No need to book

In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth. Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, Gaia is a stunning replica of our planet, measuring seven metres in diameter and featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.

The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions. The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface.

The installation creates a sense of the 'Overview Effect', which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large scale public artworks.

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The Open University is the Festival’s Knowledge Partner and has been working with schools across Milton Keynes to participate in workshops inspired by Gaia. A series of films - Letters to the Earth - have also been created to accompany Gaia. Find out more here: Letters to the Earth

This event is  not ticketed. Please check the Festival website and social media before the event for updates and the latest information.

Stewards will be on hand to manage the flow of people and guide you through the Gaia experience.

There are also events to complement Gaia, including The Earth Music Series: Thursday 29 July: Maya Youssef

Access information

The Festival aims to be as accessible as possible and welcomes people with disabilities. We always welcome specific access enquiries - you can email us at or call the box office on 01908 280800.

Assistance Dogs Welcome
Assistance Dogs Welcome at this event
Audio Described
Audio Described
British Sign Language interpreted
BSL interpreted
Disabled parking available for Blue Badge holders
Disabled parking available for Blue Badge holders
Drop Off and Pick Up Point available
Customer Drop Off and Pick Up Point is available
Assistive Listening and Hearing Loop available
Online Event and Digital Access Available
Online Event and Digital Access Available
Content available via mobile phone
Content available via mobile phone
Relaxed performance or tour available
Relaxed performance or tour available
Seating available
Seating available at this event
Disabled toilets available
Disabled Toilets available
Wheelchair Accessible event
Wheelchair Accessible
Family Friendly event
Family Friendly event
Move Around To Experience Event
Move Around To Experience

Additional access notes

There will be an audio recording used at this location/ audio descriptive of sound recording available, three musical performances and one talk will be held at this location.

Infrared Hearing Loop available

centre:mk facilities include Disabled Toilets and a  Changing Spaces Toilet which is a short distance from Middleton Hall.

The main information point for the festival will be at this location and is Counter Induction Loop is available for Hard of Hearing customers

No ticket is required. This artwork is part of centre:mk guided tours: BSL/ Audio Described (Sat 24 July) & Relaxed Tour (Tuesday 20 July).

Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot Festival and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

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