The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool officially switched on the Floating Earth by artist Luke Jerram to kick off its programme of celebratory events for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Creating Liverpool’s most spectacular backdrop the 10-metre art installation can be viewed from 28th April – 21st May.
Visitors were greeted by a video of Luke Jerram discussing the inspiration for Floating Earth and its importance in bringing people together, nodding to this year’s Eurovision theme – United by Music. Musical performances by local members of Rock Choir also provided a soundtrack to the evening, with songs including Make Your Own Kind Of Music by Paloma Faith.
Floating Earth is breathtakingly set against the dock’s historic colonnades, creating magical moments at sunrise and sunset. The piece was also accompanied with a soundscape by BAFTA-winning composer, Dan Jones that further enhances the experience.
Due to popular demand, Floating Earth by artist Luke Jerram will remain at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool for one extra weekend. Visitors can now experience the 10 meter art installation, which was the centrepiece of the dock’s celebrations for the Eurovision Song Contest, until Sunday 21st May before switching off at 11:59pm.
Sean Morrison, estate manager at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool says:
“We’re thrilled to extend the dates for Floating Earth. The response we’ve received from visitors has been incredible, and we want to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to enjoy this breathtaking installation by Luke Jerram”
Experience Floating Earth from the inner quay for free, with an accompanying soundscape by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones from 12pm-10:30pm (12pm-7pm on Sunday).
Floating Earth can be viewed from Royal Albert Dock’s inner quay, where visitors can view the installation daily with the soundscape from 12pm-10.30pm for free, although the piece will be illuminated 24 hours a day.