Stunning works of art on display at the Science Festival

The Gaia exhibition will be presented at Chelmsford Cathedral in October

Visitors to Chelmsford Cathedral this autumn will be able to experience an astronaut’s view of the world when Gaia’s stunning artwork arrives in Essex for the first time.

Measuring six meters in diameter and created from detailed 120 dpi NASA images of the Earth’s surface, Gaia offers the chance to see the planet in its entirety as it slowly rotates through the nave of the Cathedral of Chelmsford, accompanied by a surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Gaia is hosted by Chelmsford Cathedral and will be open to the public on October 12 and daily until Sunday October 30. It was introduced to the city with support from the Essex County Council Climate Action Fund and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), with Gaia forming part of ARU’s first annual science festival in Chelmsford .

James Rolfe, Chief Operating Officer at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:

“Gaia is a stunning installation and the ARU is proud to partner with Chelmsford Cathedral to bring it to the heart of our city.

The exhibition will be a key part of Chelmsford’s premier science festival, giving people of all ages the opportunity to be inspired and experience the fascinating world of science.

Gaia will be open to visitors during the day and some evenings. Meanwhile, local environmental and ecological organizations have been invited to provide interactive exhibits to encourage us to think about ways to protect our planet. Plus, visitors can enjoy live music, lectures, and an evening of yoga in the spectacular setting of Gaia.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for kids to enjoy Gaia, especially during ARU Family Science Day on October 15 and fun mid-term arts and crafts from October 24-28.

Keith Baggs, Chief Operating Officer of Chelmsford Cathedral, said:

“We are delighted to announce this carefully curated program which we hope will allow everyone to enjoy this wonderful art installation. As a Gold Eco Church award winner, Gaia is a unique opportunity for Chelmsford Cathedral to invite the public to reflect on the important role each of us can play in protecting the planet.

As Chelmsford Cathedral expects to see a large number of visitors when Gaia is installed, the Cathedral will be offering timed entry tickets. Admission during the day is free and there is a small supplement to visit in the evening when Gaia is beautifully illuminated and the cathedral lit by candlelight. Tickets for special events will be limited and organizers advise booking early. All tickets can be booked from Thursday 1 September via the Chelmsford Cathedral website, chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk/gaia.

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