Planets align for 2019 Joondalup Festival


Two imposing installations that have travelled the world will take visitors to the 2019 Joondalup Festival on a journey to the moon and back.

Museum of the Moon and Gaia come courtesy of acclaimed UK artist Luke Jerram and are fitting inclusions in this year’s festival program and event site which in 2019 has a theme of Explore the Galaxy.

Seven metres in diameter apiece, the artworks are set to capture the imagination of festival-goers when the region’s biggest cultural event returns to the Joondalup City Centre from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April.

Museum of the Moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally-lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Gaia – which in Greek mythology is the personification of the Earth – features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than Earth with each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. Interestingly, by standing 211m away from the artwork, visitors will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

“Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first time that humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, our perception and understanding of our planet changed forever,” Jerram explains.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said Museum of the Moon and Gaia – which both feature surround sound compositions created by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones – would be unlike anything festival-goers had seen or experienced before.

“This year’s interactive artworks are larger than life and will transport the imaginations of festival-goers to far away worlds,” he said.

“As we saw last year with Eric Rieger, the festival has a proud record of attracting contemporary international artists at the top of their game to Joondalup.

“Luke Jerram’s installations are out of this world and promise to take the Joondalup Festival to even greater heights in 2019.”

Pic credit: Carl Milner