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Dorset Moon

June 28, 2019 - June 30, 2019


Fifty years on from the first moon landing, three Dorset arts festivals join forces to present DORSET MOON, an exciting new addition to the summer season.

At its heart is installation artist Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon. Appearing in Dorset for the first time, this monumental moon sculpture seven-metres in diameter created using high-definition NASA imagery of the moon’s surface has to be seen to be believed.

Each centimetre of its surface represents five kilometres of actual moonscape. Internally-lit, this incredible piece is a mesmerising fusion of lunar visuals, moonlight and surround sound audio created by Ivor Novello Award and BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones.

Several Jerram moons are in circulation around the world, but for its two-week Dorset visit it will land in three unique locations that perfectly encapsulate the county’s distinctive blend of coastal, rural and urban.

In each location Museum of the Moon is supported by a programme of events beneath it curated by Inside Out Dorset (produced by Activate), Arts by the Sea and b-side festivals. The full bill has yet to be finalised, but will include newly commissioned dance, a silent disco, choirs and yoga under the moon.

Dorset Moon is produced by the Dorset Festivals Consortium: Inside Out Dorset (produced by Activate), b-side and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea. Commissioned by the Arts Development Company with funding from European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. 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. Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift. Through local research at each location of the artwork, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next.


June 28, 2019
June 30, 2019
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War Memorial, Central Gardens, Bournemouth