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As a work of art, GAIA is a slowly revolving balloon created from detailed photos (120dpi) of the Earth’s surface taken during NASA missions.  Its 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.  Expressed another way:  if a viewer could stand 211m away from the artwork, the Earth would appear to that viewer as it did to an astronaut standing on the moon.

A specially made surround-sound composition by the British composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture in 30-minute cycles.  The voices of astronauts aboard the spacecrafts, the resonance of the solar system and the composer’s own planetary interpretations are sounded in continuous play.

There will also be a special GAIA Adventure for young people.   If you’re an educator with school classes or if you’re a parent or grandparent with children whom you’d like to introduce to this exceptional view of our planet, you should know that because of the generosity of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend all young people, whether in their classes or with adults or by showing their current students’ cards, will be admitted to GAIA without any admission charge.  In fact, if you’re a teacher and you’d like to see how classes will be welcomed at the presentation, link here to see the pamphlet explaining GAIA’s special programming for young people:

GAIA and all its programming will be an exceptional experience. Our Earth/My Responsibility. Get ready to be with us!   Tickets ($10) for timed entrances will go on sale on April 1.  

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