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Inspired by our relationship with our planet, a bold and epic new ‘Floating Earth’ installation by Luke Jerram is set to be unveiled as part of Lightwaves 2021 in Salford Quays this December. Measuring 10 metres in diameter and created from 1200dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface, the awe-inspiring artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet floating in three dimensions.

Luke Jerram, UK artist known worldwide for his large-scale public artwork, has created this brand new work to give visitors a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. Something so timely and relevant to today as COP26 climate talks take place, billed as the world’s last chance to get on track to avoid climate catastrophe.

Featuring high tech NASA imagery and a surround-sound musical track by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones, the spellbinding artwork will give visitors to Media City the chance to appreciate the beauty of our planet.

The internal LED lighting will remain on throughout the festival but will become most visible at sunset, situated within The Manchester Ship Canal, next to The Lowry. The piece was originally commissioned by Quays Culture in partnership with Wigan Council and has also recently been presented at Pennington Flash.