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Luke Jerram: Museum of the Moon

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Luke Jerram: Museum of the Moon

October 15, 2021 - October 17, 2021 Programs

The moon is a vessel for our collective imagination, our space dreams. Symbolized in mythology by Artemis, goddess of the moon, our ever-changing orb represents both darkness and enlightenment; a perfect metaphor for duality. Here in Hampton Roads, our king tides and frequent flooding directly influence our relationship to the moon, and to our concerns for global warming. Our proximity to NASA Langley keeps our region’s contributions to lunar research and the legendary Apollo Moonwalk at the forefront of all our minds. All over the world, the moon inspires artists, poets, and philosophers along with scientists, and connects us all with its light.

Museum of the Moon is a large-scale touring installation by British artist Luke Jerram. The luminescent sculpture of the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Twenty-three feet in diameter and highly detailed, the Moon was built to an approximate ratio of 1:500,000. Accompanying the installation is a musical composition by award-winning composer Dan Jones. To date, the artwork has been presented in more than 30 countries and experienced by over 10 million viewers. People everywhere have their own distinct relationship to the moon, and yet it connects us all.

October 15-17, Jerram’s Moon will be in orbit right here on the ODU campus as we close down 43rd street for a three-day festival and outdoor pop-up exhibition! The moon is illuminated from dawn to dusk. 

Each night from 5-8 PM there will be live performances, food, drinks, and family-friendly programming under the moon. The Barry Art Museum has teamed up with other lunar-enthusiast community partners including NASA Langley, the Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium, Monarch Market vendor fair, Gordon Art Galleries, Back Bay Astronomers, VMFA, and Chrysler Museum Glass Studio for live events each night! 


Museum of the Moon Exhibition and Programs are made possible by our generous Sponsors: 

Bleakhorn Foundation

Old Dominion University in honor of Dick and Carolyn Barry for their remarkable vision and stewardship of the Barry Art Museum

DAF Brock Foundation and Ms. Joan P. Brock

WHRO Public Media

Mr. James A. Hixon

ODU Alumni Association

Rutter Family Art Foundation



Exhibition Advisory Board: 

Bert Schmidt, President, and CEO, WHRO Public Media

Dave Bowles, Executive Director for the Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy

Giovanna Genard, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communication & Marketing, ODU

Hans-Peter Plag, Professor of Ocean and Earth Sciences, College of Sciences, ODU

Jessica U. Meir, NASA Astronaut

Jonathan Leib, Professor and Interim Dean of Political Science and Geography, College of Arts and Letters, ODU

Justin Mason, Director, Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium, College of Sciences, ODU

Karen Meier, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement, ODU

Keith F. Anderson, Assistant Chief and Environmental Program Director, Nansemond Indian Nation

Khan M. Iftekharuddin, Professor and Associate Dean For Research and Graduate Programs, Batten College of Engineering and Technology, ODU

Lindsay Thornton, Senior Education Programs Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center

Robert Wojtowicz, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, ODU

Skip Stiles,  Executive Director, Wetlands Watch


Community Partners:

Backbay Astronomers

Catch the King Tide

Chrysler Museum of Art

Community Market on Monarch

Core Theater Ensemble

Downtown Norfolk Council

Elizabeth River Trail

Nansemond Indian Nation

NASA Langley

Sway Creative Labs

Virginia Dept of Agriculture

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

Virginia Opera

Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Visit Norfolk

Wetlands Watch

WHRO Public Media


Old Dominion University Partners:

Alumni Association

Batten College of Engineering & Technology

College of Arts & Letters

Communication and Theater Arts

Department Ocean and Earth Sciences

Graduate School

Institute of Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR)

Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium

Office of Community Engagement

Perry Library

Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES)

Strategic Communications & Marketing

Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy (VISA)