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Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon
Museum of the Moon

What do you think of when you gaze up at the moon? Moon cakes? Lunar landers? High tides? Earth’s protector? Every culture has found scientific and artistic inspiration in Earth’s glowing satellite. Our moon acts as a cultural mirror, reflecting not just the Sun’s light, but the stories and beliefs of people around the world.

Museum of the Moon was inspired by the huge tidal range in Jerram’s home city of Bristol, England. The artwork is printed from 120 dpi NASA imagery that shows every cliff and crater at an approximate scale of 1:700,000; one centimeter represents about 7 kilometers (one inch equals about 11 miles) of the lunar surface.

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Museum of the Moon

About the Artist

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice includes sculptures, installations, and live arts projects. A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he is known for large-scale public artworks—such as Museum of the Moon—that combine art, science, and play.

Photo: © Exploratorium Archives

IMLS acknowledgment

           This web project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services  [MA-30-16-0175-16].