Gaia, world famous Earth artwork created from NASA imagery, comes to Reading Town Hall
See artist Luke Jerram’s famous installation Gaia as part of Reading Climate Festival 2023. With surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones.
Measuring seven metres in diameter and suspended inside Reading’s historic Concert Hall, Gaia features high-resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.
You'll need to book your timeslot to attend. The Gaia experience will last approximately 30 minutes and slots are every 45 minutes.
- Adults: £2
- Under 14s accompanied by an adult: Free
The installation creates a sense of the ‘Overview Effect,’ which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of this experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. Gaia is a visual representation of the fragility and beauty of the earth. The piece is coming to the town as a call to action for Reading in taking steps to make our town net zero by 2030.
Alongside the installation visitors will be offered the opportunity to sign up to ‘small changes with big impact’ pledges and become part of a community of ‘game changers’ to help protect our planet. Get Involved via whatsonreading.com/climate-pledge
Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
For more information on Reading Climate Festival and for more events please visit their website
Please note: this is not a seated event, but you will be moving around the Concert Hall viewing the installation.
Wheelchair users cannot book online - please contact the Reading Arts Box Office to book your tickets - call 0118 960 6060 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, availability may vary on show days) or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
EXTRA SESSIONS ADDED
Sessions with low lighting and lower sound. Please contact the box office to book your tickets
- 11 June - 4pm – 5pm
- 18 June - 4pm – 5pm
Additional sessions later in the day, available to book online.
- 16 June - 4pm, 4.45pm, 5.30pm and 6.15pm
- 17 June - 4.15pm, 5pm and 5.45pm
Gaia Craft pack at Reading Museum
Celebrate your visit to the amazing Gaia Exhibition! Create some crafty mementoes, including a Gaia sun catcher and globe Cress Egg Heads, colouring and carbon footprint sheets. Your craft pack will be posted out to you in mid-May, prior to your visit to Gaia or you can collect from Tuesday May 16 in person from Reading Museum.
All craft packs will contain recycled or biodegradable contents.
You will need: colouring pens, glue, scissors and a finished boiled egg!
Families, £3 per pack (£2 postage)
Your craft pack will be posted out to you in mid-May, prior to your visit to Gaia or you can collect person from Reading Museum on the day of your visit.