Luke Jerram's 'Mars' exhibition at the University of Bristol

Mars in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building, courtesy of Luke Jerram

From Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August 2021, the University of Bristol will be hosting the UK premiere of Luke Jerram’s ‘Mars’ exhibition in the iconic Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building. 

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery* of the Martian surface. At an approximate scale of 1:1million, each centimetre of the spherical sculpture represents 10 kilometres of the surface of Mars.

The artwork allows us to view Mars from the air and transports us to its desert wasteland. Every valley, crater, volcano and mountain is laid bare for us to inspect - Providing an opportunity to study the surface in perfect detail and imagine what it’s like to step foot on this incredible planet.

The installation is a fusion of Mars imagery, light and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Mars is co-commissioned by Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands; UK Space Agency; Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK and UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partner University of Bristol, home of the Cabot Institute.

Important information

We are delighted to announce that this exhibition will be open to the general public, staff and students from Tuesday 27 July to Sunday 1 August 2021. 

This will be a ticketed exhibition to allow us to manage our capacity and ensure social distancing can be maintained. Please read the exhibition notes to understand the health and safety guidelines in place particularly around COVID-19 security.

How to book

Please visit the following Eventbrite pages for more information and to book tickets: 

  • Book tickets for Tuesday 27 July - Friday 30 July here.

  • Book weekend tickets for Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August here.

About Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the globe. Jerram has a set of different narratives that make up his practice which are developing in parallel with one another. He is known worldwide for his large-scale public artworks.

Planetary research at the University of Bristol

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