Floating Earth

Floating Earth



Floating Earth is temporarily closed due to the high winds predicted in the coming days. We hope to reopen it later in the week but in the meantime, the rest of the festival remains open and there’s plenty to enjoy. Follow Quays Culture social media channels and download the free Lightwaves app for regular updates.

By Luke Jerram

Originally commissioned by Quays Culture with support from Salford City Council and Wigan Council 

Measuring 10 metres in diameter and created from 1200dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the awe-inspiring artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet floating in three dimensions.

Luke Jerram, UK artist known worldwide for his large-scale public artwork, has created this brand new work to give visitors a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

Featuring high tech NASA imagery and a surround-sound musical track by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones, the spellbinding artwork will give visitors to Lightwaves the chance to appreciate the beauty of our planet.

Situated within the Manchester Ship Canal, next to The Lowry, the internal LED lighting will remain on throughout the festival but will become most visible at sunset.

About Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks. Living in the UK, but working internationally, Jerram creates art projects which excite and inspire people around the world. Having more than 600 exhibitions in 44 countries, he is known globally for innovative arts practice and large scale public artworks.