It was hugely popular in the summer, so Luke Jerram’s huge glowing earth is returning to Greenwich’s Painted Hall in January. Tickets sold out very fast last time, so it’s worth highlighting now, as there are also a series of late-night openings to see the glowing orb in the winter darkness.

(c) Old Royal Naval College

This monumental internally-lit sculpture, measuring seven metres in diameter, was created using NASA imagery and is an exact scale replica of our planet.

The floating orb, Gaia is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth, with each centimetre of the sculpture representing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211 metres away from the slowly rotating artwork, viewers can see the Earth as it appears from the moon while enjoying a specially made surround-sound composition by award-winning composer Dan Jones.

Entry to the Painted Hall costs £11 (children free), and Gaia will be on display from Sunday 3rd January 2021 to Sunday 7th February 2021.

Note, on the first Sunday of each month entry is reduced to £5.

Tickets need to be booked in advance.

For the Friday lates go here.

For the cheaper 1st Sunday tickets (3rd Jan and 7th Feb) go here.

For all other days go here.

The undercroft’s Painted Hall Shop and Café will also remain open on the Friday evenings for food and drink along with the Baroque and contemporary art upstairs in the Hall.

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