Gaia | Painted Hall
Posted on September 5th, 2020
The Painted Hall is always huge draw to any visitor visiting Greenwich. A two year restoration a few years ago led to gasps of wonder at the big reveal. At the end of August 2019 Luke Jerram revealed his own reveal with GAIA. His earth art installation at the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College. GAIA returns this May 2021 for another residency.
What is Gaia
GAIA is art installation of an inflatable Earth in 3D with a message. The idea of GAIA is that it renews our appreciation of this fragile and diverse planet we live on. The detailed, close up images, that make up the earth are taken by NASA imagery.
It is the same technology that gave us his Moon installation at the Natural History museum in 2019. It allows us to see things in such detail, we would never otherwise see.
GAIA | Who is The artist?
Luke Jerram is the artist. Whilst you may not know his name you will know his art. Apart from the the moon installation last year at the Natural History Museum, he also initiated the creative installation of pianos in the stations. Have you seen people playing .. and people singing.. even one of the many proposals? THIS is Luke Jerram.
GAIA at the Painted Hall
Gaia sits in the middle of the main hall. It will stop you in your tracks as you walk in with its breathtaking vision. The Painted Hall is the UK’s version of the Sistine Chapel. Take it one step further. Put it in a World Heritage Site during a performance festival, after Covid and you have something more inspiring than any photo can tell you.
Let time stand still as you walk or stand beneath this wonder we call earth.
Painted Hall details:
Gaia returns to The Painted Hall on 31 May 2021
Tickets are £11 online However, if you get your ticket validated at the ticket desk you can return for free within a year. They are offering free entry 6-10pm every evening, however these tickets are sold out.
Greenwich is a fabulous place to wander around at the best of times. Make a day of it and go by boat for the full experience. Be sure to pop into Heaps for the best sausage baps I’ve tasted, and serious good coffee. It is always worth the queue.