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Giant Self-Rotating Earth Installation Will Light Up Hong Kong

By Sarah Moran 14 March 2019
Did you dream of being an astronaut as a kid? Have you ever wondered what Earth would look like from space? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then we've got some good news for you, because Luke Jerram, the artist who brought us the giant moon installation in Lee Tung Avenue back in 2017, is bringing his latest touring artwork, a giant globe called GAIA, to Hong Kong from March 19 to May 19.

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After touring in England, Ireland, and Taiwan, GAIA will be landing in Lee Tung Avenue on March 19, before migrating to Citywalk on April 19. The installation, which measures 7 metres in diameter, shows detailed imagery of the Earth's surface, based on a photo taken by NASA back in 1972. The globe is exactly 1.8 million times smaller than the actual planet, and if you stand back far enough, you'll be able to see the world the way it appears from the moon. And as a special treat, the artist has even added a special self-rotating feature that makes it spin 360 times faster than the real thing. But this art installation isn't just pretty, it also holds a deeper message for the public to take away. Through reflecting on our planet's beauty, Jerram hopes that people will walk away in awe with a renewed sense of responsibility to protect the environment. With this in mind, both Lee Tung Avenue and Citywalk will be hosting a whole series of educational activities to drive the public to seriously consider how their everyday actions can negatively or positively impact the Earth. Click here to find out more. Lee Tung Avenue: Central Piazza, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai (March 19 - May 7, 3pm - 11pm) Citywalk: Vertical Garden, Citywalk 1, 1 Yeung Uk Rd, Tusen Wan (April 19 - May 19, 10am - 10pm)
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Sarah Moran

Staff writer

Born and raised in Hong Kong to expat parents, Sarah grew up as your typical third-culture kid, caught between two worlds. As someone who is nosy (or just curious) and loves the written word, there was never any other career that appealed to her as much as journalism. When she’s not busy on her mission to find the line between not enough coffee and too much coffee, you can find her exploring the city or getting stuck in a good book.