Museum of the Moon @ Norton Priory

Date: 2nd October - 31st October 2021

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.  It is being brought to Norton Priory with the support of Halton Borough Council as part of the Liverpool City Region's Borough of Culture for 2021.  

Measuring six 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. 

At Norton Priory Museum and Gardens it will be presented in the museum’s stunning atrium, and will be viewable from ground level as well as from the mezzanine walkway which leads to the upper gallery.  The Moon will be available to view to day visitors, whilst special evening viewing tickets will also be available.  Tickets can be purchased online from Art Tickets.

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.

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.

You can find out more about other Borough of Culture events at the Celebrate Halton website.