‘Gaia’, an impressive installation depicting the Earth in all its stunning detail that was due to come to Coventry Cathedral in November, has been cancelled.
The touring artwork, by artist Luke Jerram, was due to be installed in the cathedral for a free event from Friday November 13 to Saturday November 14.
However, in light of the Government’s latest public announcement of a national lockdown, Coventry City Council have taken the decision to cancel the event.
The decision was taken by the Council in consultation with the various partners involved in the project and echoes the key message of encouraging people to stay at home wherever possible.
Coventry City Council have said while many people will obviously be disappointed with the news, its important to stress the decision was taken in line with the latest advice and with the health and well-being of both the public and event staff in mind.
The Gaia exhibition was set to be a free ticketed event that was part of the city’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Blitz. Discussions are currently ongoing about how the city can mark this landmark anniversary in a safe and appropriate way that complies with the lockdown.
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The artwork would have given people the chance to see the Earth in its true three-dimensional scale.
The artwork itself is 1.8 million times smaller than the real Earth, with each centimetre describing 18km of the Earth’s surface.
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Cabinet Member for Events, said: “We are very sad that we have had to cancel Gaia but in light of the weekend’s announcement, we know that this is the right decision.
“With all public events, the health and safety of attendees and staff is vital and we believe that postponing the event is the only option.
“We appreciate that many people have been looking forward to Gaia and marking the 80 th anniversary of the Blitz in person, however, I hope you all understand why we’ve had to make the decision. Rest assured, the Council is hard at work identifying an alternative way we can mark this important anniversary in a safe and fitting manner.”
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