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Gloucester Cathedral embraces the world for exhibition

Gloucester Cathedral will welcome the world when an art installation takes over the nave as part of a Beacon of Hope campaign.

Gaia, a seven-metre wide touring artwork by artist Luke Jerram featuring detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface, will be on display at the Cathedral from October 13-November 1.

Sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance, the exhibition will be the second time Mr Jerram's work has appeared at the Cathedral with his Museum of the Moon attracting more than 70,000 visitors last year.

Gaia also appeared at Llanthony Secunda Priory last summer.

Mr Jerram said: "It's an honour to present my work in Gloucester Cathedral again and wonderful that we've been able to programme it to coincide with my poetry installation Of Earth and Sky which will be installed across the city at the same time.

The Beacon of Hope campaign aims to support the recovery of the city and county following the coronavirus pandemic and complement the Cathedral's work with the Diocese of Gloucester and other partners to address the climate crisis and promote environmental sustainability."

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: "I'm delighted we can bring Gaia to the county this October.

"At a time when we are all still dealing with COVID-19 it's good to have something positive to look forward to - particularly a shared experience.

"We have spent time developing visiting arrangements to ensure everyone's safety as well as providing a wonderful experience and will respond to the most up to date guidance and best practice."

Gaia forms part of a programme of collaborative cultural activities which aim to help inspire local communities, promote wellbeing and stimulate economic growth.

Ecclesiastical group HR director Caroline Taplin said: "Since we moved to Gloucester in the 1970s we've had a close relationship with Gloucester Cathedral, so we are delighted to be sponsoring this exhibition to help bring this stunning installation to the city.

"Last year's Museum of the Moon exhibition really captured the imagination of the public and I am sure Gaia will do too."

Details on how to book tickets will be announced next month.

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