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Down to Mother Earth

Looking up at a seven-meter diameter balloon carrying a detailed 120dpi NASA image of the Earth’s surface rotating on its axis in the stunning architecture of Saint-Loup-Namur church, one of the most important Baroque churches in Belgium, you come down to Earth. Surrounded by a specially created sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones you realize how vulnerable “Mother Earth” is. A planet loaned to us to care for.

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The artwork by British artist Luke Jerram, codenamed “Gaia” is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth. Every centimeter of the internally illuminated sculpture describes 18 kilometer of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211 meters away from the artwork, you see the Earth as seen from the moon in 1972, when NASA’s Apollo 17 mission was said to have taken place.

As you walk around and pause to absorb the sounds and voices and watch the Earth balloon spin on its axis, “The Overview Effect” as first described by author Frank White in 1987 and iconic for explaining a very human condition in the space travel experience takes place.

“Gaia” in Greek mythology, the personification of the Earth, shows Mother Earth until January 7 in the Saint Loup church in Namur.

11 thoughts on “Down to Mother Earth

    1. Namur et son inépuisable réservoir de trésors à découvrir !.. D’une exposition à l’autre, surprenante, innovante … toujours intéressante ! Merci Maria !

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