An out of this world art installation depicting the moon in stunning detail is set to land in Coventry. Museum of the Moon will be illuminating the city centre with an interesting and unique programme of events planned this September.
The special event is part of the Festival of Imagineers a city-wide, week-long celebration of art, design and engineering.
Created by Luke Jerram, the fascinating artwork, which measures seven metres in diameter features detailed imagery of the lunar surface from NASA, and will be featured at Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre before moving on to Coventry Cathedral.
The moon’s tour of the city has been made possible thanks to the Festival of Imagineers, working in partnership with Coventry’s bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2021 and Coventry Sports Trust.
It will be featured at the leisure centre on Fairfax Street from Monday, September 25 to Wednesday, September 27 before moving to Coventry Cathedral on Thursday, September 28 until Saturday, September 30.
Visitors of all ages are invited to come and experience this extraordinary installation free of charge at both venues.
Luke Jerram said: “I am so pleased to be bringing Museum of the Moon to the people of Coventry.
“Featuring the moon in these two very different locations, means that everyone can experience it in very different ways.
“You have the chance to swim, workout and see special performances around the pool at the leisure centre, which is something unique.
“But then people can go to Coventry Cathedral, lie underneath it and really take in the moon and experience it with the soundscape.”
The lunar artwork will be suspended over the pool at the leisure centre and a packed programme of events, running from 7am until 11pm, is being planned.
Visitors will be able to swim by the light of the moon as well as join in with classes such as aquafit, wave raves and enjoy stunning performances from the Balbir Singh Dance Company, which is free to enter.
There is also a Coventry University SU pool party on the Monday evening, followed by an LGBT pool party on the Tuesday night.
Richard Parker, Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre Manager, said: “We have a varied and exciting programme prepared as part of our GoSwim programme, ready for when the moon arrives.
“This is going to be an amazing time for staff and visitors to the sports centre and for the whole of Coventry – we are thrilled that we could be part of this event.
“Museum of the Moon is absolutely fascinating and I would urge everyone to come down and enjoy what is certainly going to be a very unique experience.”
Once it’s run is finished at the leisure centre, it will then move to Coventry Cathedral where visitors will be able to actually take a closer look at the work and listen to the sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
Laura McMillan, Manager of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “We are extremely excited that Luke is bringing his incredible piece of artwork to Coventry and that the city will experience it in a unique way.
“It is these kinds of projects that get people talking and we want to make sure that everyone has the chance to see the artwork while it’s in Coventry.
“We would like to thank the Festival of Imagineers for their hard work in making this possible and working with us and Coventry Sports Trust to make it the most awe-inspiring experience for everyone.”
There will be a small charge for selected events that are taking place at Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, but entrance to Coventry Cathedral will be free.
Claire Maddocks, Festival of Imagineers Director, added: “From dramatic performances in Coventry Cathedral to an enormous moon suspended above the leisure centre swimming pool, there will be a host of unexpected and joyful experiences for all to enjoy during the Festival of Imagineers 2017.
“This year’s theme is ‘transformations’, and we hope we’ll be able to transform both residents and visitors’ perceptions of our city through these works.”
Coventry City Council, The University of Warwick, and Coventry University are Principal Partners of the bid and are providing significant support. The Ricoh Arena is Bid Sponsor while Jaguar Land Rover, Adient, Friargate, Coventry Building Society, the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham Airport, PET-Xi, SCC, Pertemps, CEF (City Electrical Factors) and Listers are also Bid Development Sponsors.
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For the full programme of events at Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre visit www.coventrysports.co.uk