The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society (CRMS) will mark its 50th anniversary with a six-month programme of cultural events at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross.
And the highlight is the awe-inspiring installation ‘Gaia’ (The Earth), a touring artwork by Luke Jerram.
This is the first chance for the general public to see an installation which was last seen in Glasgow by attendees at COP26.
Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation was in the church in 2018 as part of Mackintosh150 - 150th anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth - and was enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the venue.
Gaia – named after the Greek Goddess of Earth - will be open to the public from Saturday May 13 to June 24.
A series of events to celebrate Gaia will run alongside the installation, including Lost Map Records who will host a concert entitled: ‘Lost Map Under Gaia’ on Wednesday May 31.
Gaia is 2.1 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 21km of the Earth’s surface.
By standing 181m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.
Measuring six metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions.
The Earth artwork slowly revolves and a specially made sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Janes is played alongside the sculpture.
We welcome the people of Glasgow and beyond to view this extraordinary spectacle in Mackintosh’s only built church.”
Luke Jerram said: “Congratulations to the CRM Society on their 50th anniversary.
“We’re delighted to present Gaia and hope visitors 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.
“Halfway through the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, we urgently need to wake up, and change our behaviour.
“We need to quickly make the changes necessary, to prevent Climate Change.”
Stuart Robertson, director, CRM Society, said: “We are thrilled to present this world class art installation ‘Gaia’ by Luke Jerram in the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.
“We had Museum of the Moon in the Church in 2018, so we thought it was fitting to have the Earth here for our golden anniversary.
“We welcome the people of Glasgow and beyond to view this extraordinary spectacle in Mackintosh’s only built church.”
- Tickets for Gaia are now on sale through Eventbrite: https://mackintosh.eventbrite.co.uk