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20 November 2021

Saturday, 20 November 2021–Friday, 24 December 2021


Silohuette of a parent holding a child aloft in front of a large model Earth.

Event details

  • Dates: Saturday, 20 November 2021–Friday, 24 December 2021
  • Times: 9am–5pm
  • Price: free
  • Address: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU. Find address on Google Maps
  • Suitable for: Adults, children, teenagers, families, businesses
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  • Organised by: Rochdale Borough Council, Your Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation

UK artist Luke Jerram's internationally renowned 'Gaia' installation will see a huge work of art depicting the Earth exhibited at Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre from 20 November 2021 until 24 December 2021.

Measuring 7 metres in diameter and created from detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface, it will provide the opportunity to see the planet on a big scale, floating in 3 dimensions. The name 'Gaia' comes from Greek mythology, meaning the personification of the earth.

The exhibition is being staged in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council and Your Trust (formerly Link4Life), supported financially by the Garfield Weston Foundation. The team is now planning a series of special events across the borough to accompany Gaia, themed around looking after our environment and its precious resources.

A specially made surround sound composition by British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award-winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture.

An opportunity to get a new perspective of our place on the planet. We are developing a series of supporting installations, exhibits and events around Gaia, it's going to be a really exciting experience.

More information about opening times, events and other activities will be available in September 2021.

Gaia is created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot and the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres. With supporting partners Culture Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.


​Events and activities are not organised by Rochdale Borough Council unless stated otherwise. Neither is Rochdale Borough Council responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any event or activity.

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