Centrepiece of Salisbury International Arts Festival 2019, which runs from May 24 to June 9, GAIA is a stunning installation by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram.
The rotating 7m globe features NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and marks 50 years since the moon landings
And shows the planet floating under the spire crossing of Salisbury Cathedral.
In Greek Mythology, Gaia is the personification of the Earth.
Salisbury Festival 2019 incorporates a new Festival of Ideas called Our Fragile Home, bringing together mind-expanding documentary and film with music, poetry, and discussion with nuclear and climate experts.
GAIA is the backdrop to Salisbury Festival performances including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra playing Holst’s The Planets; Harriet Mackenzie leading a nature-inspired concert with the London Chamber Orchestra, including Ralph Vaughan Williams’s’ The Lark Ascending, and the Salisbury Festival Chorus performing Alec Roth’s beautiful choral work Earthrise.
GAIA can also be viewed in the spire crossing at Salisbury Cathedral, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 12pm-4pm on Sundays.
GAIA in Salisbury Cathedral is sponsored by Wilsons Solicitors. Salisbury Cathedral is the Principal Venue Partner of Salisbury International Arts Festival.