Within the scope of the National Science Summit 2019, State of the Art presented the “Museum of the Moon” by British artist Luke Jerram at the Palace of the Marquis of Pombal (Oeiras), together with the City hall of Oeiras and the British Embassy.
For the first time in Portugal, the moon measures seven metres in diameter, featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.
The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.
Throughout the event open to the public, the “Museum of the Moon” was accompanied by a diversified program, featuring scientific readings, talks by FameLab, as well as intimate concerts and a tribute to the band The Beatles.
For the opening day, State of the Art invited the “Orquestra Clássica do Centro” to present “Serenades with the Moon Nearby” – a magical moment for all those who had the opportunity to attend.
Since its first presentation in 2017, the “Museum of the Moon” has already been exhibited in more than 20 countries. At one presentation in the UK, a little girl asked the artist, “Will you put the moon back afterwards?”
Photography © Carlos Santos