In October 2024, Helsinki Cathedral will host the renowned British artist Luke Jerram's 'Gaia', a striking seven-meter diameter globe, marking its first appearance in Helsinki. This unique art installation is part of the "Sustainable Future" event and invites visitors to engage in discussions about the future of creation throughout the month.
'Gaia' is a highly detailed representation of Earth, based on NASA's imagery of the planet's surface.
The scale of the artwork is awe-inspiring, where 1 cm in the installation equates to 18 kilometers on Earth's surface. Accompanying this visual spectacle is an immersive soundscape created by BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones, enhancing the overall experience in the Cathedral.
Luke Jerram, an acclaimed British artist known for his unique sculptures, installations, and live art performances, has gained international recognition for his large-scale public artworks. His creations have been featured in over 800 exhibitions across more than 50 countries, inspiring people globally.
Besides the general public, school and student groups are especially encouraged to visit Gaia at Helsinki Cathedral. Throughout October, the Cathedral, excluding regular services, will be dedicated to showcasing 'Gaia'.
The 'Gaia' globe is a highlight of the "Sustainable Future" event, focusing on themes like the future of creation, social justice, global responsibility, and peace work. The event aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and will explore these themes through art, music, and expert lectures.
The Helsinki Cathedral Parish, in collaboration with partners including the INAR Center for Atmospheric Sciences (University of Helsinki) and the Church Council, is eager to present this event.
Marja Heltelä, the Dean of Helsinki Cathedral, looks forward to 'Gaia' sparking thoughts about caring for our shared planet and inspiring shared discussions. “We warmly welcome residents and visitors to the Cathedral to experience this spectacular artwork, enjoy the music, and participate in conversations about the future of creation,” says Heltelä.