Gaia, an artwork by Luke Jerram

19 August - 15 September 2019

Gaia is a seven metre diameter sphere, featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.

The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, viewers will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

The 3D installation will rotate once every four minutes, which is 360 times faster than our real planet. During evening opening times, the specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones will also be played. 

The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA. Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. For more information about the artwork, please visit

When you visit, the Dean of Peterborough, Very Revd Chris Dalliston, invites you:

'... to spend time just reflecting on the beauty of the earth and the wonderfully rich but fragile planet we inhabit. We must use this opportunity and all our best efforts to turn the tide, to bring people to their senses, to save our home.'

Extract from words spoken at the Extinction Rebellion Peterborough event, 20 July 2019. Read more

To discover more about Gaia, listen to this interview with Luke Jerram by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Breakfast Presenter, Kev Lawrence.

Opening Times and Entry

Daytime opening: Monday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.00pm. Sunday, 12.00 noon to 3.00pm
No entry charge. Donations are invited. No booking needed.
This is a working Cathedral so these times sometimes change. Please check here before visiting. Please note that the exhibition is closed all day on Friday 13th September.

Evening opening: 6.30pm to 9.30pm on selected evenings (see schedule below)
See Gaia in its full glory as dusk falls, accompanied by the surround sound composition by Dan Jones.
Tickets for entry during the evening: £2 per person. £6 per family (2 adults, 2 children) via links below, or call 01733 355315. BOOK FOR EVENING ENTRY NOW

Climb to the Northern Hemisphere: 15 minute tour, evenings only. Book on arrival
An option to 'Climb to the Northern Hemisphere' to view the artwork from the upper level will be available on most evenings at an additional charge of £2.50 per person. Please note that we can only take limited numbers up at a time, for safety reasons. If you are keen to take the climb, it is advisable to buy your timed ticket for the Northern Hemisphere trip as soon as you arrive. Tickets usually sell out quickly.

Forthcoming ScheduleCathedral media partners

Click on the red links below to find out more or to book.

Thursday 12th September
10.00am - 5.00pm, Open (schools visiting until 2.30pm)
6.30pm - 9.30pm, Evening Opening
6.30pm Green Networking event in the New Building, hosted by PECT. Free but booking is essential.

Friday 13th September - Exhibition CLOSED daytime and evening

Saturday 14th September
10.00am – * 3.00pm, Open (* please note earlier closing time)
11.30am and 2.30pm, Tower Tours
3.30pm, Choral Evensong, sung by the Peterborough Old Choristers Association. All welcome.
10.00am – 4.00pm, Heritage Open Days
7.30pm, Goodbye Gaia! Music for a Summer Evening

Sunday 15th September
All are welcome to regular Sunday services
12.00 noon - 3.00pm, Open
12.00 noon – 3.00pm, Heritage Open Days
2.30pm, Tower Tour
5.30pm, On Holy Ground

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