Museum of the Moon Featuring a Giant Moon Sculpture Opens this Week in Calgary

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram. Milanosport, 2019. Photo by Andrea Cherchi.

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, a six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape is opening in Calgary this week.

Contemporary Calgary is presenting Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, suspended from the top of the Centennial Planetarium’s 13m high Dome.

The giant moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface which, at an approximate scale of 1:500,000, represents 5km of the moon’s surface within each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture.

Heightened with musical compositions created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones, the luminous Museum of the Moon offers an uncanny and powerfully emotive experience.

Contemporary Calgary will also present a series of lunar inspired events beneath the Moon.

Contemporary Calgary’s first exhibition, Planetary, featuring 36 Calgary-based artists will be exhibited in conjunction the sculpture.

From stars and planets to nebulae and blackholes, to the highly personal and nostalgic relationships we share with this iconic city landmark, the Centennial Planetarium is an endless expanse of inspiration in Planetary.

Since 2016 the Moon has been circling the globe, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing including abbeys and swimming pools. This sculpture was part of The moon: A voyage through time, and was exhibited at Aga Khan Museum, in Toronto and connected the Museum’s first and second floors.

TRIP PLANNING

When: January 23, 2020 to March 15, 2020

Opening Reception: January 23, 2020 | 6:30 PM

Where: Contemporary Calgary 701 11 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta

How much: Free

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