Museum of the Moon at the WaterFire Arts Center

You look back at Earth from the Moon, and you can put your thumb up to the window and hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything you’ve ever known is behind your thumb, and that blue-and-white ball is orbiting a rather normal star, tucked away on the outer edge of a galaxy.

Jim Lovell

For centuries, the moon has been a piece of human inspiration. It has driven explorations, discovery, art, and science. From border to border, each corner of the world has a vision, a history, and a story for the Moon. It evokes passion, vibrancy, and mystery. An intricate and complex combination.

English artist Luke Jerram, has sculpted a highly-detailed 23′ diameter Moon that will travel to 25 countries; Collecting the stories, mythologies, and emotional responses of its audience. “Museum of the Moon” will soon land in the main hall of The WaterFire Arts Center. This sculpture will play a part of a larger series of NASA-related events and exhibitions throughout the city.

The internally lit spherical sculpture is created with detailed NASA images of the lunar surface from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that you can explore up close. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter represents 5 kilometers of the Moon’s surface.

The exhibition at the WaterFire Arts Center is admission free! Between July 9th-28th the Museum of the Moon exhibition will be open to the public Monday-Friday, 10Am – 5Pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12Pm – 5Pm; Thursday, 10am-10pm

This exhibition is part of a month-long celebration of the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Exhibitions, lectures, and other events will be held at various locations around Providence including a very special WaterFire Lighting on Saturday, July 20. More info can be found at the WaterFire Arts Center website and here on Ignite Providence.

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