Floating Earth

Co-commissioned by Light Night Wigan and Quays Culture, this giant 10m diameter Floating Earth has just been installed at Media City in Salford for Light Waves, 3-12 December. 

The installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effectwhich was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the 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. Watch this great film about the phenomenon

Floating Earth also prompts the difficult discussions we all need to have about climate change and what we, as individuals and wider society, can do to make our lifestyles more sustainable. 

The installation is presented with a surround-sound composition by Dan Jones. 

Before Salford, the artwork was installed in Pennington Flash, near Wigan for Light Night Wigan, where more than 30,000 people came to visit! 

Pennington Flash is an artificial lake, created when disused coal mines caused the landscape to sink and subside. Filled with rainwater, the landscape was slowly reclaimed by nature. Read more about the history here. Given that our planet is in environmental crisis due largely to the burning of fossil fuels, Pennington Flash was an apt location for this new artwork.

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