The Christian Arts Trust is proud to help sponsor this wonderful exhibition and it is joyous to see our home, the blue planet, slowly revolving above the nave of Southwark Cathedral on the South Bank of the River Thames in London.
Not only does its sheer size and beauty evoke responses of awe and wonder as you enter the cathedral, its presence also raises many profound questions of faith – theological, ethical and philosophical: Are we alone in the universe? How can we protect our precious ecosystems? Is life the product of an intelligent divine mind, or sheer chance? And many more…
Gaia is aptly named, for not only is she the mythological Greek goddess of life, the Gaia Hypothesis is the name given to the scientific theory which postulates that the Earth functions as a self-regulating and self-healing system. The English scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock, who died earlier this year in July, made the Gaia Hypothesis famous, and gave it its name.
One can only assume that Lovelock would have been thrilled that this brilliant art installation by the artist Luke Jerram is being seen by so many in this glorious setting of Southwark Cathedral.
It runs until 30th October 2022, and is well worth a visit for those who can make it in its final few days. Entrance is free! What a wonderful artistic gift for the Cathedral to offer – and for the Christian Arts Trust to be a part of.