Published: 11:16, 11 October 2021
| Updated: 11:17, 11 October 2021
An eye-catching art installation will be hung from inside one of England's oldest cathedrals as part of a new programme of events focusing on climate change.
The illuminated sculpture of planet Earth, entitled Gaia, will be arriving at Rochester Cathedral in February 2022.
The seven-metre wide globe was created by visual artist Luke Jerram and has captivated audiences around the world including Taiwan and Hong Kong.
It uses detailed, high tech NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface to provide spectators with a unique perspective of our own planet floating in three dimensions.
The artwork aims to put visitors in the shoes of an astronaut and provoke wider thought about the planet's place in the universe.
A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones will accompany the slowly revolving sculpture and add to the atmosphere.
It follows last year's groundbreaking lunar spectacle, the Museum of the Moon, also by Luke Jerram and the success of sell-out light show, Space Voyage, by Luxmuralis inside the cathedral earlier this month.
The touring exhibition, Gaia, forms part of a new green programme of events by the Church of England and its intention to be Net Carbon Zero by 2030.
The Church has five marks of mission with the fifth being “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
As part of the exhibition, visitors will also be encouraged to think about how we can all play a part in fighting climate change and help protect the planet’s fragile ecosystems.
Rochester Cathedral will announce further details about events during Gaia later this year.
Details of opening hours and events will be announced later in the year.
Anyone interested in coming is encouraged to follow Rochester Cathedral on social media or visit their website to keep up to date with announcements.