Gaia – Earth exhibition coming to Barnsley Bright Nights

Free exhibition – which showcases HD replica of our planet - to be displayed at Barnsley College

A gargantuan replica model of our planet Earth is coming to Barnsley as part of Barnsley Bright Nights - the town centre’s free winter lights festival.

Art installation Gaia– previously on display at London’s Natural History Museum - will be showcased in the main atrium of Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane campus between Thursday 28 and Saturday 30 November.

The artwork is based on how Earth appears when viewed from space by NASA. It's an exact, scaled replica of the planet – but 1.8million times smaller. Each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture details 18km of the Earth’s surface.

It measures a whopping seven metres in diameter, and features 120dpi HD detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.

Gaia will be brought to life as it rotates every four minutes - 360 times faster than our real planet - to a spine-tingling composition created by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

By standing exactly 211m away from it, event-goers will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

Click here to see the artwork in all its glory.

Gaia will appear in Barnsley as part of Barnsley Bright Nights, the town centre’s winter lights festival.

The free event will launch on Thursday 28 November at 6pm with a light parade, fireworks display and traditional lights switch-on.

From there, the public will be able to explore a range of installations, projections and entertainment outside the town hall and in Mandela Gardens, The Cooper Gallery, St Mary’s Church, The Barnsley Chronicle Offices, The Civic, Churchfield Peace Gardens,  Market Kitchen and Library @ the Lightbox.

Gaia will run between 6.15pm-8.30pm on Thursday 28 November, and between 5pm-8.30pm on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November, along with the other installations and projections.

Check out Love Barnsley Town Centre on Facebook for more information. Follow #BarnsleyBrightNights to join in the conversation.

Gaia’s appearance at Barnsley Bright Nights is being funded by Wentworth and Elsecar Great Place - a project funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

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