25 May 2017

Huge moon set to land in Birmingham at Thinktank this summer

Birmingham is set to have an out of this world experience this summer as a huge moon art installation lands at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, in July.

On show from 21st July to 20th August 2017, Museum of the Moon has been created by artist Luke Jerram and uses detailed imagery from NASA of the lunar surface to create a scale replica of the moon (approximate scale of 1:500,000).

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound musical composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.

The striking artwork will fill Thinkspace in Birmingham’s award-winning Science Museum, creating an ethereal sight that visitors can enjoy by walking and sitting by the side of the moon, and bathing in its very own moonlight.

This is the first time the touring artwork will be seen in the Midlands and has previously been on show around the UK and in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

Luke Jerram, said: “I am so pleased to be bringing Museum of the Moon to Birmingham. The installation is the perfect addition to the Thinktank experience and I can’t wait for the people of Birmingham to see it.”

The installation will be accompanied by a range of moon inspired learning activities throughout the summer holidays including a ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ science show, where families can discover fascinating facts about our moon and take part in rocket science demos. The packed programme will also include a Moon Buggies building workshop, and space art crafts.

Lisa Stallard, Museum Manager at Thinktank, said: “Museum of the Moon is a fantastic installation and fits perfectly with the dynamic surroundings of our Science Museum. It really does have to be seen to be believed and is a beautiful spectacle that I know our visitors will enjoy. We have a jam-packed programme of events this summer so families will have an extra special visit with us during the holidays as there will be even more to see and do at Thinktank!”
Entry to Museum of the Moon will be included in the Thinktank ticket price and will be part of a summer season called ‘Looking Up, Looking Down’, including an extended wildlife gallery and a display of exciting objects from Birmingham’s collection looking at how artists and scientists have explored the skies. More information about Museum of the Moon can be seen on the event page.

The adults don’t have to miss out either as Talisker Whisky and the Birmingham Whisky Club will be hosting a unique lunar-inspired tasting event under Museum of the Moon on Saturday 5th August. To find out more about the ‘A Taste Of Skye Under The Moon’ event please visit this link