Two new lunar experiences are being launched at Museum Victoria’s Scienceworks this summer.
The first exhibition, ‘Museum of the Moon’, is a luminous seven metre sculpture developed by UK artist, Luke Jerram. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, the artist has meticulously re-created the shape and cratered surface of the moon using NASA-produced high-resolution imagery. Each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture represents 5km of the moon's surface.
Launched in 2016, the work has already been displayed at international arts and culture festivals, as well as being first unveiled in Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year. This is the Moon’s first appearance in Melbourne, where it will light up Scienceworks until April 2019.
The second moon-themed experience, which opens later this month, is ‘Earthlight: Lunar Hub’, a virtual reality experience created by local developers, Opaque Space. Inspired by their recent collaboration with NASA – building astronaut training simulations – Lunar Hub unites the experience of gaming with the thrill of space exploration.
Available to the public for the first time, the 40-minute experience will use headsets and backpack computers, allowing players to embark upon a highly visual and sensory experience, involving both a moonwalk and a visit to a lunar craft.
See our photo gallery dedicated to ‘Museum of the Moon’, below, for highlights.
Museum of the Moon & Earthlight: Lunar Hub
1 December 2018–28 April 2019