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Gaia heads to St Chads Kirkby for Borough of Culture

St. Chad’s Church in Kirkby is soon to be home to ‘Gaia’ as part of Knowsley Borough of Culture.

From Friday 28th January, the large scale 6 metre wide 3D replica of the earth will arrive at the church, and will be at the venue for three weeks.

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram that aims to demonstrate the fragility of the planet. Measuring 6 metres in diameter it is a replica of the ‘earth’ created from detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface. The artwork provides a unique opportunity to view our planet, floating in three dimensions and revolving slowly.

Its creator Luke Jerram says: “I hope visitors to Gaia get to see the earth as if from space; an incredibly beautiful and precious place. An ecosystem we urgently need to look after – our only home.”

In addition to being visually dramatic, Gaia is also accompanied by a surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.

In Greek Mythology, Gaia is the personification of the earth – which seems a fitting name for this phenomenal artwork.

Gaia is something that everyone can enjoy – no matter what age or what your interests are.

More than just being an artwork, Gaia provides visitors with an incredibly memorable experience – sometimes described as ‘Overview Effect’. This is when people get a feeling of being in awe of the planet and suddenly becoming aware of our lives and our responsibility to look after this place that we all live.

Gaia will create magical memories for visitors of all ages.

All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while inside St. Chad’s Church. The exception to this rule is those with evidence of medical exemption and children under the age of 12.

At busy times there may be queues, so please be patience.

People should be aware that to enter the church there are approximately 10 steps (a ramp is available for standard wheelchair users)

There are no public toilets available at the venue. Please do not bring food or drink into the church.

Tickets are limited to a maximum of six per order. This restriction is in place to ensure the safety of visitors and ensure as many people can see Gaia as possible.

If you no longer require all of your tickets after ordering them you can request a refund via eventbrite or email boroughofculture22@knowsley.gov.uk and let us know so that they can be re-allocated to other residents

Group bookings larger than 6 people should contact Katy McLoughlin on 0151 443 5749 or email boroughofculture22@knowsley.gov.uk

St Chad’s Church is located on Old Hall Lane, off Hall Lane in Kirkby. For sat nav users please use L32 5TH. 

Kirkby Bus Terminus on Cherryfield Drive is located just opposite the church and Kirkby Train Station is located just a 10 minute walk away (Kirkby Row, L32 2BD)

If you are using public transport please visit the Merseytravel website to plan your journey.

There is no on-site car parking available at St.Chad’s. The nearest car park is located on Telegraph Way, off Hall Lane – signage will be in place and the route clearly marked for pedestrians walking to the church. Other parking is available in Kirkby town centre.


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