February 01, 2018

There were two ‘super’ moons in Bengaluru on January 31 – the super blue blood moon getting eclipsed up in the sky, and the life-like replica floating above the Mirror Pool inside the National Gallery of Modern Art. Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, the moon was a part of ‘Museum of the Moon’, a touring artwork featuring a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and immersive music composed by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

People with the moon

Enthusiastic Bengalureans gathered well ahead of time for the inauguration, which was timed to coincide with the lunar eclipse. The incredibly accurate installation (the 7 metre wide sphere features 120 DPI detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface) is illuminated from within, a light which grows brighter with the setting sun.

Luke Jerram with his moon
Luke Jerram with his 'moon'

“Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon, so depending on where the ‘Museum of the Moon’ is presented in the world, its meaning and interpretation will shift. As the artwork tours, new compositions will be created and performed by a range of established composers and musicians, so adding to the museum’s collection”, says Jerram.

The presentation was marked by a scintillating lunar inspired contemporary dance performance by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts.

‘Museum of the Moon’ has toured 21 countries so far. The British Council has brought it to India to launch 70 years of the British Council in the country. From NGMA, Bengaluru, the moon will travel to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

For more information about the cultural implications of the moon, check out my-moon.org.