Visitors to Liverpool Cathedral can experience a giant luminous lunar landscape as part of events around the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta this weekend.
Artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon installation has taken residence in the sandstone landmark for the late May Bank Holiday.
The 23ft sphere uses detailed NASA imagery in a recreation of the moon’s surface, and the artwork includes a surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer Dan Jones.
It forms part of the artistic programme surrounding the visit of the Tall Ships from May 25-28.
The Liverpool waterfront will be alive with events, activities and curiosities this weekend, including a new giant artwork by Liverpool’s Faith Bebbington, The Ship’s Cat and Super Rat, made from thousands of plastic milk bottles.
There will also be some irresistible storytelling from Circo Rum Ba Ba inside the belly of a giant whale, Lulu Quinn’s 18ft Message in a Bottle – highlighting the problem of plastic pollution, and a new water ballet from the House of Suarez, titled The Sun, The Moon and The Stars, which will take place at various locations around the city centre and waterfront.
Lulu Quinn's Message in a Bottle. Above: Luke Jerram Museum of the Moon (pic Carolyn Eaton)
A mysterious outdoor installation, Ghost Ship, and a new commission from Liverpool’s Wired Aerial Theatre are also among the events.
And the Bordeaux Wine Festival is also visitin the waterfront in its first time on British soil.
The entertainment and attractions are in addition to the water-based spectacle of the Tall Ships and other craft which will be moored in the docks and river over the weekend and will then take part in an impressive Parade of Sail on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28.
Claire McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, said: “The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta in 2018 takes place between Liverpool, Dublin and Bordeaux and our creative programme aims to unite these port destinations.
“We'll showcase the very best in local arts and culture alongside artists from around the globe through an exciting series of commissions, installations, sculptures, exhibitions and performances.”
The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta runs from May 25-28.