From the beginning of human history, the moon has acted as a ‘cultural mirror’ to ourbeliefs, understanding and ways of seeing. Over the centuries, the moon has been interpreted as a god and as a planet. It has been used as a timekeeper, calendar and to aid night-time navigation. Throughout history the moon has inspired artists, poets, writers and musicians the world over. Different cultures around the world have their own historical,cultural and religious relationships to the moon. In more recent history, the moon has been a site for ongoing scientific exploration. The far side of the moon cannot be seen from the earth, and was only seen for the first time by scientists in 1959. For most people this will be a unique opportunity for the public to see it in exquisite detail and in three dimensions.
Museum of the Moon allows us to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world, and consider the latest moon science. Depending on where the artwork is presented, its meaning and interpretation will shift. Through local research carried out by Luke Jerram at each location of the artwork, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next.
Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven meters in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5 km of the moon’s surface.
Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon was presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it travelled from place to place, it gathered new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies, as well as highlighting the latest moon science.
The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.
Museum of the Moon will be hosted between 24.11 and 14.12, at the The Piarist Church (Universității street, number 5).
“Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon, and for the stars which you have set shining and lovely in the heavens.” – Saint Francis of Assisi
There are a couple of things we really, really want you to know about visiting the Museum of the Moon:
➡️The visits are possible between 4 PM and 10 PM, the access being allowed to groups of maximum 30 persons, one group at a time, for maximum 10 minutes.
➡️The visits are free of charge, but following the ceremonial schedule. Keep in mind that religious services during which the access is not allowed will take place on:
Tuesday, December 4th: 5:30-6:30 PM;
Saturday, December 8th: 5:30-7 PM;
Sunday, December 9th: 5-8:15 PM;
Tuesday, December 11th: 6-8:15 PM.
➡️During The Holy Mass, access is allowed only for religious purposes.
➡️Please keep in mind that the Piarist Church is a place of worship, so please act appropriately.
➡️Access with food or drinks is forbidden. Also with pets (sorry, furry friends).
➡️Professional photo sessions must be announced (FB or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and approved, because the Museum of the Moon is not here on a commercial purpose, but an educational one.
➡️Explanations for the Museum of the Moon will be available in Romanian, Hungarian and English.
➡️Volunteers will conduct a special survey, so be kind to them and try to answer their questions.
Please follow these common sense rules and enjoy the wonderful experience of having a world class light and science artwork on display in Cluj-Napoca.
Lights ON Romania team