From 26-28th August 2016, Museum of the Moon was presented by co-commissioning partner Lakes Alive in Kendal, UK. The moon was installed inside St. Thomas’ Church with the debut of the commissioned lunar composition playing in surround sound from speakers in the space.
A programme of events beneath the moon was curated by Lakes Alive, featuring musical performances, poetry and lectures. Highlights included:
Manchester Camerata string quartet performance
Local poet Harriet Fraser reciting moon-inspired poetry
Astronomy talk about the moon by Stuart Atkinson from Kendal’s community of star gazers
Talk by Independent Street Arts Network about Dynamic Digital work
Children’s arts activity
Special Sunday morning church service
Talk by Luke Jerram about the making of Museum of the Moon
“The clear presence of the full orbed moon. ” William Wordsworth
The Lake Poets were a group of English poets who all lived in the Lake District of England, United Kingdom, at the turn of the nineteenth century. They are considered part of the Romantic Movement. The three main figures of what has become known as the Lakes School were William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey.
Several of their works concern the moon, including this poem To the Moon by William Wordsworth.
Astronomer Arthur Eddington was born in Kendal in 1882. The moon’s Eddington crater was named after him. Eddington’s observations of the solar eclipse in 1919, published the next year confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and was hailed at the time as a conclusive proof of general relativity over the Newtonian model.
Lakes Alive is an annual arts festival in which to be inspired, join in and discover something new. The thriving and vibrant market town of Kendal is the heart of the festival and becomes the backdrop to a range of contemporary visual art exhibitions, new digital commissions and spectacular happenings including performance and installation.
Museum of the Moon is a new touring arts project by Luke Jerram. More information at www.my-moon.org