“Floating Earth” is a monumental installation by artist Luke Jerram. This impressive 10 meter diameter project was co-commissioned by Light Night Wigan and Quays Culture and aims to create a sensation of the Overview Effect, a phenomenon first described by author Frank White in 1987.

This effect is often described by astronauts as a state of wonder for the planet, a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of all life forms, as well as a renewed sense of responsibility to protect the environment.

“Floating Earth” is not only a spectacular piece of art, but also an opportunity for difficult but necessary discussions about climate change and what we, as individuals and society can do to make our lifestyles sustainable. The installation is presented with a surround sound composition by Dan Jones.

This installation has been featured in several notable venues, including the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool, UK in 2023, Brescia, the Italian Capital of Culture in 2023, Canary Wharf, London for Winter Lights 2023 at the Cultuurcentrum Sint-Niklaas in Belgium in 2022, at Light Waves, Salford, UK in 2021, and at Light Night Wigan, UK in 2022.

“Floating Earth” is a wonderful example of how art can contribute to the global dialogue on environmental issues and motivate change towards a more sustainable future.


This project is part of the national cultural program Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in the year 2023 and is funded through the BEGA program, run by the Timiș County Culture and Arts Center, with funds allocated from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

Sponsors: Fan Courier, Pepsi

Project partners: In-Edu Association Timișoara, German Cultural Center Timișoara, Cluj Cultural Center, West University Timișoara, University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, Polytechnic University of Timișoara.

Communication partners: Getica OOH, Aushopping galleries, Kiss Fm, Euromedia, Pressone.ro, G4Media.ro, World Wide Print, Daisler Print House, Știri din România, Tion, Express de Banat, IQOOL, Zile și Nopți, Știri de Timișoara, NewsVest, Adevărul, TVR, Radio Timișoara, România Pozitivă, Best of Timișoara.