Gaia in Wakefield

11th August 2021

Wakefield Cathedral is getting ready to host Gaia, the 7-metre replica of Earth by artist Luke Jerram, part of the city’s Festival of Earth

Gaia to visit Wakefield Cathedral this August

This globally-acclaimed touring artwork will be suspended in the nave and was created from images from NASA of the Earth’s surface enabling visitors to examine the planet, floating in three dimensions.

The artwork aims to create a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’ described by author Frank White in 1987 which is a shift in awareness experienced by some astronauts who get a feeling of awe for the planet and an understanding of the interconnectedness of all life, along with a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Simon Cowling said:

“We hope this artwork will give people the opportunity to reflect on the impact we are all having on the planet; highlight the conversations which need to be had around what we can do to look after God’s Creation and start to make the changes today which will safeguard and protect the planet for tomorrow’s generations.”

Gaia goes on show from 20 August – 30 Aug and is part of a range of events organised by the cathedral including panel discussions, concerts, storytelling, family activities and even ‘Pilates under the Planet’.

It is free to enter and no booking is required.

Find out more here.