The Museum of the Moon arrives at Liverpool Cathedral
The installation of artist Luke Jerram’s artistic masterpiece started as the sun went down over the Cathedral. The giant, 23ft replica of the moon created by the renowned British artist uses detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and includes a sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.
The Museum of the Moon artwork forms part of the “Changing Tides” creative programme curated for the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta and Bordeaux Wine Festival.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “This bank holiday weekend we are bringing together the worlds of art, music, tall ships, great food and drink.
“Commissioned by Culture Liverpool and part-funded by Arts Council England, this exciting programme of international and local artworks, installations, music, dance and theatrical performances is celebrating ten years since Liverpool’s reign as European Capital of Culture.”
The Very Rev Dr Sue Jones, Dean of Liverpool said:
“We feel blessed to be able to host this amazing installation at Liverpool Cathedral. While we are foremost a place of worship, we are also a focal point for people in Liverpool and visitors to the city. Around 500,000 visitors come to see us each year. And this artwork enables to us to continue in our mission to be a place of welcome and hospitality for both the spiritual and the secular.
Despite the size of our Cathedral, we’re the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest in the world, there’s an incredible sense of an intimacy. Luke Jerram’s artwork will only enhance that feeling of oneness, We are, after all, a cathedral open to all – a cathedral built by the people for the people.”
The public viewing programme can be found here
The programme of events takes place across the day and night, with highlights including the British premiere of Studio Biangle’s eerie ghost ship in Salthouse Dock, a performance by Wired Aerial Theatre and a new water ballet commissioned from House of Suarez which will be performed in front of a spectacular projection onto the Cunard Building, on Liverpool’s famous UNESCO world heritage waterfront.
Local sculptor Faith Bebbington has created a cat, which will be seen chasing her ‘Super Rat’ sculpture which appeared on a rooftop in the Baltic Triangle back in 2016.
Meanwhile, artist Lulu Quinn has been commissioned to create a huge message in a bottle sculpture from thousands of recycled plastic bottles, which will contain environmental messages from local school children and is set to be transported by one of the Tall Ships in the Parade of Sail on the final day of the festival.
Wirral is hosting a range of maritime-themed events including street theatre, music performances, creative and circus workshops and a spectacular 3D projection onto Birkenhead Town Hall, which have been organised by Wirral Council.
The link with Dublin and Bordeaux is further reflected in the programme with the Albert Dock acting as a stage for Celtic animation and entertainment and Pier Head hosting French inspired jazz and circus as part of the world’s leading wine event Bordeaux Fete le Vin (The Bordeaux Wine Festival) visiting the UK for the first time.
The Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions of the Bordeaux Wine Festival are now sold out but there are limited tickets left for other sessions, which are available to buy here http://bwfliverpool.com
The event sponsors include the Mayor of Liverpool, Liverpool City Region, Arts Council England, Mayoral 100 Club, Fazenda, Liverpool BID Company, Heart North West, Arriva, Merseyrail, Sail on Board and University of Liverpool.
For the full programme of events please visit www.tallshipsliverpool.co.uk