Luke Jerram’s Gaia Opens at Gloucester Cathedral


Gloucester Cathedral and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group are delighted to announce that Gaia is now open to the public until 1 November 2020. 

Pictured above: Chris Pitt, Ecclesiastical, Luke Jerram, artist and Canon Celia Thomson, Gloucester Cathedral.

Tickets are still available so book online now to avoid disappointment.

How to get a ticket: Online via

To allow for physical distancing and to keep everybody safe, admission is by timed entry only and visitors must book a slot in advance. Please get your ticket early to avoid disappointment. A maximum of six tickets per individual applies.

Ticket time slots: Each time slot is an hour long, and the start time you select is the time you can join the queue. If you join the queue within 15 minutes of your start time, we guarantee that you will spend at least 30 minutes inside the Cathedral to experience Gaia.

Day Tickets:

There is no charge for tickets to see Gaia during the day, but we do ask that you make a donation upon entry. The following ticketed time slots will be available:

Monday-Saturday: 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Sunday: 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Evening Tickets: Evening tickets are £5.00 per person (there is no charge for under 3’s but they must still have a ticket to enter).

On every Thursday and Friday, the following ticketed time slots will also be available: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm 

How to get a ticket: Online via

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to Gloucester Cathedral to see Luke’s spectacular Gaia installation in the Nave. Everyone involved has worked incredibly hard to make Gaia a reality, giving us all something exciting to look forward to during this unprecedented time and aiding the City’s cultural recovery.”

Artist, Luke Jerram said:

“It’s an honour to present my work in Gloucester Cathedral again and wonderful that we’ve been able to programme it to coincide with my poetry installation ‘Of Earth and Sky’ which will be installed across the city at the same time!"

Chris Pitt, Head of Responsible Business at Ecclesiastical, said:

“We are pleased to be able to sponsor the installation of Gaia as part of our commitment to the city of Gloucester and supporting the Cathedral’s Beacon of Hope campaign. We’re proud be involved in bringing this incredible installation into the stunning setting of the Cathedral, which I am sure will attract and delight visitors from the city and beyond.

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For further information please contact:

Gloucester Cathedral Reception
01452 528095

Notes for Editors

About Gaia




Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.

The installation creates a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. Watch this great film about the phenomenon.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.

The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth with each centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the Earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon.

Unlike the moon, which we have been gazing at for millennia, the first time humankind got to see the Earth in its entirety as a blue marble floating in space was in 1972 with NASA’s Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, our perception and understanding of our planet changed forever. Hanging in the black emptiness of space the Earth seems isolated, a precious and fragile island of life. From a distance, the Earth is just a pale blue dot.

Gaia has been created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

*The imagery for the artwork has been compiled from Visible Earth series, NASA.

About Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large-scale public artworks.

About Ecclesiastical

Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a unique financial services organisation. With its main operations and headquarters in the UK, Ecclesiastical also operates in Australia, Canada and Ireland.

Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of the faith, heritage, fine art, charities, education and private client sectors.

Founded in 1887 to provide insurance for the Anglican Church, the company now offers a wide range of commercial insurances, as well as home insurance, selling through brokers and directly.

The Ecclesiastical Group also includes award-winning investment management business, EdenTree Investment Management, which provides a range of ethically screened investment funds.

Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top five corporate donors to charity in the 2017-18 UK Guide to Company Giving. We have been named Insurance Company of the Year at the Better Society Awards two years running (2016 and 2017) and we are an eleven-time winner of Fairer Finance’s best home insurance provider. 

After donating £50m to charity in three years, Ecclesiastical launched a bold vision in 2016 to raise £100m for good causes by the end of 2020. In March 2020, the Group announced it had already raised £96 million towards its target.

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About the Gloucester Cathedral Beacon of Hope Appeal

Gloucester Cathedral: playing a crucial role in our community’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

If not directly affected by the virus, many of us are experiencing feelings of isolation and uncertainty at this difficult time and seeking spiritual reassurance and a source of hope. Gloucester Cathedral is here to help.

In step with those who have gone before us, our role is to respond positively to today’s unique set of challenges, by serving our communities through worship, outreach, music and mission. Whether our ministry is conducted virtually or otherwise, the Cathedral stands as a beacon of hope for all as we find ourselves in these unprecedented times. 

The Cathedral, though, has also been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. For the first time in 800 years it had to close its doors to the public. The inevitable drop in funding is acute for all cathedrals and by the end of 2021, Gloucester Cathedral stands to lose somewhere in the region of £1.3 million. Yet, at a time when so many lives have been turned upside down, the Cathedral is stepping up. Rather than wait for things to get better, it is reaching out, to embrace our community and to heal. The Cathedral must continue to be a place of sanctuary, solace and reinvigoration.

The Beacon of Hope appeal was launched in May to raise £1m to ensure the Cathedral can play a key role in the recovery of the city, county and diocese by:

Programming collaborative cultural activities to help inspire local communities, promote wellbeing and stimulate economic growth.

Meeting the spiritual and social needs of our communities by providing a place of sanctuary, continuing regular worship and providing community resources

Safeguarding our heritage, continuing to care for our fabric and adapt so music and worship can still reach people’s homes

Maintaining and developing our training, education and outreach provision and supporting the most vulnerable members of our community.


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