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One day - 3 Exhibitions

After a heavy couple of weeks preparing for assessment for one of my university courses yesterday provided a much needed afternoon of culture taking in 3 local exhibitions which I will write up as a series over the next 3 days in order to give due deference to each.

The first exhibition we visited is the Museum of the Moon which is an incredibly beautiful and thought provoking installation by Luke Jerram with accompanying compositions by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

The moon has been a source of wonder, mystery and myth throughout the world over millennia with each country or people having cultural differences or similarities and this 7 metre diameter installation enables contemplation on how we all perceive our closest planet as well as the ongoing scientific exploration.

It seems there are several moons touring throughout the world and being seen in a variety of indoor and outdoor contexts with Derby being lucky enough to have it installed within our Anglican Cathedral. The sight that greets you as you walk through the doors is breathtaking as the combination of the moon and the celestial music is perfectly complemented by the gently coloured lighting which bounces off the pale walls and really highlights the moon itself. The imagery seen on the moon is a 21 metre wide, high resolution photograph taken by the NASA satellite carrying the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and is to a scale of 1:500,000 which equates to 1 cm per 5 km.

As you walk around the Cathedral and take in the sheer size and detail of the structure there is no question that it does almost force you to wonder at how the people in differing parts of the world have perceived this planet and how it has effected their lives through navigation on dark nights, mythology or beliefs. You also question or consider how the moon has inspired artists, poets, musicians the world over throughout the centuries including Derby's own Joseph Wright whose paintings in the 18th Century often included an atmospheric moon.

I personally found myself almost awestruck in the sheer beauty of our moon as this installation brought it just that bit closer- it is something we see whenever the night sky is clear or the clouds part and never take for granted as we wonder at its light and the differing effects those clouds create.

To see this installation at Derby Cathedral is an almost spiritual experience as you ponder the vastness of this planet and our place within the universe as well as understand the immense advancements of science in our modern era.

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