Gaia, art installation, Lichfield Cathedral

It was my friend Cecilia who recommended that we should visit Lichfield Cathedral when we were down that way a few weeks ago, and I’m glad that she did. It’s a beautiful cathedral which was apparently badly damaged during the Civil War ( War of the Three Nations as it is now being named). King Charles II apparently paid for the stonework to be re-done where the damage could be repaired and the Victorians also did a lot of work, replacing figures on the frontage.

But back to Gaia, we were really lucky to see what is a massive but very fragile looking Earth, it’s seven metres in diameter and was made by the artist Luke Jerram from detailed NASA imagery of the Earths surface. It has religious connotations which is why it is being toured round cathedrals. In the flesh, so to speak, it’s a thing of awe and beauty. It certainly makes you think about what mankind is doing to our beautiful planet.

Gaia, installation at Lichfield Cathedral

Gaia viewed from the choir.

Lichfield Cathedral, choir , Gaia

 

Gaia , art installation, Luke Jerram

I took loads of photos of the cathedral, but I’ll leave those for another day.