Luke Jerram’s Gaia

About the event

You won’t be able to miss this enormous and exciting art installation, coming to the Old Mill Lane campus this month! UK artist Luke Jerram’s Gaia is on tour, and it will stop in our Atrium.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.

Gaia will be open to the public from 6.15pm on Thursday 28 November, forming part of #BarnsleyBrightNights. During public opening times, Gaia will be lit and accompanied by a specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.

Public Opening Times

Thursday 28 November 6.15pm – 8.30pm
Friday 29 November 5.00pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 30 November 5.00pm – 8.30pm


Please share your photos and thoughts online using the hashtag #BarnsleyBrightNights.

Admission is free and there’s no need to book. Visitors will follow astronaut’s boot prints around Gaia and exit via The Open Kitchen where they can purchase refreshments.

Gaia By Luke Jerram

About Gaia

In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth. The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, the visitor will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

Artist Luke Jerram said: “I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the Earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home.”

Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

Find out more, and see some stunning images from the tour, at:

*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.



The Atrium, Barnsley College, Old Mill Lane Campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2YW