Giant Globe is coming to Salford next month as part of a giant art festival

A giant globe is coming to Salford this winter as part of a major art festival coming to town.

The ‘Floating Earth’, created by artist Luke Jerram, will be shown on the Manchester Ship Canal, next to Lowry in MediaCity, from 3 December to 12 December.

Jerram’s artwork, also known as ‘Gaia’, has been created from 1,200 dpi detailed NASA images of the Earth’s surface.

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Throughout the installation in Salford, Gaia will be lit by LED lights from inside – so while it is possible to see it in daylight, the best views can be found at sunset and in the dark.

Despite being 10 meters in diameter, the globe is still 1.8 million times smaller than our planet.

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Gaia is the main attraction at this year’s Lightwaves Festival, which is free to attend and features 12 new works of art.

The organizers hope the festival will give visitors a chance to see ‘world-class art’ for free.

Jennifer Taylor, program producer at Quays Culture, said: “We are thrilled to commission and present twelve unique lighting installations as part of this year’s Lightwaves, and we are particularly excited to animate the iconic waterways at Salford Quays with such ambitious and captivating works.

“Quays Culture is passionate about elevating world-class artistic experiences and making them available to the public for free thanks to the incredible support of our funding sources and partners – this year’s program truly embraces that and lifts ambitions to a new level.”

Other works in the Lightwaves Festival include ‘Cygnus’ by Loomaland – a water ballet with 12 perfectly synchronized, glowing robot swans.

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Another work that will animate the water is the newly created ‘Sirens’ by Davy & Kristin McGuire.

It uses holographic projections to transform public waterways into mythical underwater worlds inhabited by supernatural sea creatures and mysterious mermaids.

Lightwaves Festival is running from 3.-12. December across the Salford Quays and it’s free to attend.

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