Museum of the Moon

During the month of October the Lunar Society were gifted complimentary tickets by Lichfield Cathedral to go and witness Luke Jerram’s magnificent sculpture of the moon being suspended within Lichfield Cathedral.

This sculpture has travelled the world being exhibited inside some prestigious venues as well as many outside settings.

I’m glad we chose to visit in the evening, firstly to see the cathedral subtly lit from outside and then to behold the suspended moon as we walked inside. The sculpture is internally lit and shows up the detailing of the moon’s surface taken from NASA imagery. Each centimetre of the spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

I’ve walked and cycled passed Lichfield Cathedral many times and thanks to my Lunar Society membership I’d finally found an excuse to actually go in and wonder at the stature of the place.

Mark Purcell