23-feet-wide Moon replica on display in Delhi from Friday

23-feet-wide Moon replica on display in Delhi from Friday

New Delhi: A 23-feet-wide replica of the Moon using imagery from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera and created with the help of UK space agency will tour India this month.

“Museum of the Moon” by British artist Luke Jerram will land at the British Council on February 23 and stationed at the building till March 2 to coincide with Holi.

The artwork has been travelling across the length and breadth of the country and exhibited at Gateway of India, Mumbai; City Palace, Udaipur; and Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, before its final stopover at the British Council here.

The British Council has brought ‘Museum of the Moon’ to mark the last phase of the UK-India Year of Culture and to launch 70 years of the British Council in India.

Alongside a unique visual spectacle, Museum of the Moon has music from award-winning British composer Dan Jones.

The opening event in Bangalore was timed to coincide with the first super blood blue Moon and the lunar eclipse in over 150 years.

“For eons, the Moon has impacted society and culture. It’s been worshipped as a deity, used as a timekeeper, and has inspired artists, poets, scientists, writers, and musicians worldwide,” the artist said.

“Before gas lamps and electricity, the Moon was the only night-time source of light. It was a vital light source for navigation and to work by.

“Living in cities, illuminated by electricity, we have in many ways become disconnected to the moon,” he said hoping this project restores a sense of wonder, inspires questions and reconnects people with the night sky.”