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Museum of the Moon giant orb calls in at Compton Verney




Visitors to Compton Verney Art in Warwickshire last weekend were treated to a wondrous sight: a close-up look at the moon.

The ginormous globe has been created by UK artist Luke Jerram and is known as the Museum of the Moon, and tours different locations around the country.

The Moon Festival at Compton Verney House last weekend. Photo: Iain Duck C59/9/21/0841. (51672150)
The Moon Festival at Compton Verney House last weekend. Photo: Iain Duck C59/9/21/0841. (51672150)

Jerram’s incredible, 1:500,000 scale replica is a massive seven metres (almost 23 feet) in diameter and features highly detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Every centimetre of the internally-lit spherical sculpture represents 5km (3.1 miles) of the Moon’s surface.

The Moon Festival at Compton Verney House last weekend. Photo: Iain Duck C59/9/21/0838. (51672142)
The Moon Festival at Compton Verney House last weekend. Photo: Iain Duck C59/9/21/0838. (51672142)

The Dobson family from Stratford went along to see it and were very impressed. Dad Chris said: “The moon exhibit was beautiful and made for a calming viewing experience by itself but it was its setting at Compton Verney that made for such an enjoyable evening. We loved seeing the swimmers in the lake, the sculptures and spending time by the fires and the play area, and were reminded how lucky we are to have the museum and gallery on our doorstep.”

See Thursday's Herald for a review of the Grinling Gibbons exhibition which has just opened at Compton Verney.



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