Saturday, 2 November 2019

Museum Of The Moon

There's very few things that I love more in the world than space, I like to look at the stars, I like it when people can tell me the constellations, I love reading about the moon - and so, when Josh asked me if I wanted to go to the Museum Of The Moon in Birkenhead Town Hall this week, I jumped at the chance. For those of you that don't know, Museum Of The Moon consists of a number of touring moons, all of which are pieces by UK artist Luke Jerram. I'm going to quote the next bit straight from the site so I don't miss anything integral;

'Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.'

I'm going to start this honestly and say this is one of the coolest things that I've been to see. Nestled in a back room on the third floor of Birkenhead Town Hall? There's a huge moon, suspended in the middle of all this ancient wood and cool architecture. This is literally a scaled down moon, which would be incredible anyway, but you can also head round to the back of this to see the dark side of the moon that you would never normally see. Even if you weren't a big fan of learning more about space, the skies and the universe? It's hard not to fall in love with how intricately beautiful this piece is as a whole, pictures do it justice to an extent, but until you've stood in front of it I don't think you can genuinely understand just how fantastic this piece actually is.

I will say, that as beautiful as this is in Birkenhead Town Hall, compared to some of the locations on the tour I do think that this seems a bit underwhelming overall. The intention is for the pieces to be displayed both indoors and outdoors in various places, and I really wish I had been there to see this when it was hung in an abandoned church, or when it was hung over a swimming pool, or even when it was hung in the centre of Liverpool's cathedral. Though the location is never going to let this piece down as such, I definitely think there are going to be locations on the tour that make it even more awe inspiring, and so if you have the chance to see it somewhere amazing? Definitely take the chance and go.

Photograph of me taken by @joshparkersnaps

The moon we saw is one of a few currently touring and so if you want to see one you can see dates here. If you're close enough to Birkenhead to visit it whilst it's here you can book tickets for free to secure a time slot between right now and the day the exhibition finishes, on November 15th (there's also autism and sensory friendly viewing slots available, or for £10 you can attend a yoga class around the moon on Wednesday November 13th). If you go for nothing more than the really cool Instagram pictures, I honestly wouldn't blame you.

If you've been in another location definitely send me your pictures on twitter, because I'm obsessed!

Sammy xo.

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