To the Moon and Beyond: Celebrating the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with Art, Science, and Exploration

Museum of the Moon installed at the WaterFire Arts Center. Photograph by Elissa Pierce.
Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installed at the WaterFire Arts Center. Photograph by Elissa Pierce.

Providence and WaterFire celebrated the 50th-Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and man’s first steps on the Moon which was co-sponsored by the NASA RI Space Consortium with support from Brown University. The celebration included a series of exhibitions, lectures and other activities throughout July 2019 and there was a full lighting of WaterFire on July 20th presented as part of WaterFire’s #Art4Impact Summer of Science Event Series.

WaterFire Arts Center “Museum of the Moon”by Luke Jerram Exhibition held in July 2019

“Museum of the Moon,” is an enormous art installation by English artist Luke Jerram, which is a highly-detailed 23’ diameter Moon that came to Providence July as part of a larger series of events and exhibitions presented by the NASA RI Space Consortium in association with WaterFire Providence. The large Moon sculpture was installed in the main hall of the WaterFire Arts Center at 475 Valley Street.

Over its lifetime, the “Museum of the Moon” installations (there were 10 moons on tour at that time!) had traveled to 25 countries and was presented in a number of different ways; in cathedrals, on city streets, and hanging above pools. As it traveled from place to place, it gathered new musical compositions and an ongoing collection of personal responses, stories, and mythologies, as well as highlighted the latest moon science.

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