A Huge Glowing Globe Installation Will Float Above Salford Quays Next Week

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

A Huge Glowing Globe Installation Will Float Above Salford Quays Next Week

After touring the globe and leaving art lovers in absolute awe with his large scale moon, Luke Jerram’s ‘Floating Earth’ installation is set to glow above Salford Quays, marking part of this year’s Lightwaves outdoor light festival.

Shining over MediaCityUK, which is particularly stunning by night, the huge installation will be just one of 11 beautiful light sculptures – all of which will be dotted around Salford Quays for Mancs to experience.

The sculpture, which is inspired by our relationship with our planet, measures a whopping 10 metres in diameter and is created from 1200dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. 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.

In addition to Jerram’s newest piece, originally commissioned by Quays Culture, an additional eleven installations will glow above Salford, including ‘Cygnus’ by Loomaland; a mesmerising water ballet featuring 12 perfectly synchronised, glowing robot swans, ‘Sirens’ by Davy & Kristin McGuire; an installation that uses holographic projections to transform public waterways into underwater worlds inhabited by supernatural sea creatures and mysterious mermaids, and Mystery Bird; a collaboration between extraordinary paper artist Helen Musselwhite, vocal artist Jason Singh, the projection team Illuminos, local fabricators M3 Industries, and digital expert Jack Hardiker.

Lightwaves 2021 will take place between Friday 3rd and Sunday 12th December, and will be completely free to attend.