Gaia attracts thousands of visitors to Peterborough Cathedral – but it will be leaving in ten days!

Thursday 5 September

Over 22,000 visitors have flocked to Peterborough Cathedral to see Luke Jerram's Gaia exhibition since its opening on 19th August.

The seven metre diameter sphere, featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface, has been suspended under the Cathedral's central tower, with visitors awed by its spectacle and inspired to look after the planet.

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, is delighted with how the exhibition has been received so far:

"It’s wonderful to see how Luke Jerram’s representation of our beautiful planet has inspired people. The combination of the Gaia artwork with our ancient building certainly gives lots of scope for imagination and creativity. It’s been a joy to welcome so many visitors, not only to see this spectacular exhibition but also to be reminded about the need to take action to conserve and cherish our amazing God-given home."

Visitors to the Cathedral have been giving their own praise on social media. Here is a selection of their comments:

"Another brilliant exhibition, well done to all involved!" – Steve Wainwright

"It’s truly beautiful" – Sue Milton

"I wasn’t sure my two littlest ones would appreciate it but they were blown away. I’d definitely recommend visiting Gaia before it leaves ... it is quite something to behold" – The Fens Magazine

"The earth inside the Cathedral made for an awesome spectacle. It looks like it’s eclipsing from behind the Cathedral's grand columns, and certainly enhances your sense of perspective about living on a beautiful living planet" – Phillida Irving

One of the main aims of the exhibition has been to highlight the growing threat of climate change, and there have been displays from organisations such as the Eco-Faith Network and Christian Aid. There was also a 'die-in' underneath the artwork organised by Extinction Rebellion on 31st August, followed by a well attended talk.

The Peterborough Telegraph, the Cathedral's media partner, has been running a photography competition alongside the exhibition. They selected a picture by Clare Ratcliffe as the winner (see left). She received a signed copy of Luke Jerram’s book, Art, Science and Play, plus a selection of eco-friendly products from the Cathedral shop. 

The exhibition will end on Sunday 15th September. If you would like to see Gaia before it leaves Peterborough, check online for opening times.

Choir photo: PA

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