The whole world will be lit up in Leeds next month when Light Night brings to the city a stunning, illuminated recreation of planet Earth.
Gaia, created by artist Luke Jerram, has captivated audiences around the world and will be one of the most compelling visual pieces in this year’s spectacular cultural showcase on October 14-15.
Measuring seven meters in diameter and using detailed, high-tech images of the Earth’s surface from NASA, the spellbinding artwork will give visitors to Queen Square the chance to appreciate the beauty of our three-floating planet. dimensions.
The work of art is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, with every inch of the illuminated sculpture inside describing 18 km of the Earth’s surface.
The installation aims to capture some of the emotions described by the astronauts, including feelings of admiration for the planet, an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for caring for the environment.
This year will mark a welcome return to Leeds for Luke, who also brought his incredible lunar piece Museum of the Moon to Light Night in 2017.
He said: “It’s great to have my job at Light Night Leeds. When the Moon Museum was in Leeds, it was the first time the work was shown above water and it looked like a baptism by fire.
“My rigging team have learned so much since then, on the best ways to install and display these great works of art outdoors in the UK’s crazy weather.
“I hope visitors to Gaia will be able to see Earth as from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem that we urgently need to take care of – our only home. “
Gaia will be part of Light Night’s Arena Zone, one of 40 installations and artwork at this year’s event spread across ten different zones, many of which are supported by local businesses.
With the theme of Back to Nature, this year’s event will explore the natural world and the environment, with works of art reflecting the animal kingdom, the diversity of trees and plants, and the power of the weather.
Visitors will also be encouraged to reflect on how we can all play a role in tackling climate change and helping the planet’s precious and fragile ecosystems.
In previous years, Light Night has drawn as many as 80,000 visitors to the city center in two nights, generating millions of pounds for the local economy and supporting retail, entertainment and shopping venues. welcoming downtown as well as emerging local artists. The 2021 schedule has been modified to allow additional security measures.
Councilor Jonathan Pryor, Executive Member of Leeds City Council for Economy, Culture and Education, said: “Light Night is truly a one of a kind event symbolizing all that makes culture in Leeds so unique and special.
“It’s inspiring to know that this year’s facilities will carry such a powerful message, encouraging us all to consider our impact on the planet and what we can each do to make Leeds a cleaner and greener place. “
Light Night Leeds takes place on October 14th and 15th from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. More details on the program are available at: www.lightnightleeds.co.uk