Gaia at St Peter Mancroft


Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.  Measuring six metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface the artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions.

Gaia aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect, first described by Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Gaia may provide students with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture.

A programme of talks and activities are being developed exploring the climate emergnecy and environment whilst Gaia is with us.  Details of these will be included on our website, including ticketing and prices where required.  Some events are being orgainsed with Science and Faith Norfolk, and some with Norwich Science Festival.

Entrance to Gaia is free during the church opening hours:  Monday to Saturday 10am to 3.30pm, Thursday evening 6-8pm, Sundays around our usual pattern of services.