The Museum of the Moon has landed at The Forum in Norwich
PUBLISHED: 16:06 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:46 12 May 2017
A huge inflatable moon has landed at The Forum in Norwich this afternoon.
The out-of-this-world installation is part of this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival and there will be an array of performances by the moon this evening to mark the start of this year’s 17-day arts extravaganza.
Called the Museum of the Moon, the installation has been created by artist Luke Jerram who has used detailed imagery from space agency NASA to create a scale replica of the moon.
The moon has already been on tour to various places around the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, before landing in Norwich.
Mr Jerram said: “It’s nice to see people coming into the space. They look up and they cannot quite believe what they see. There’s lots of people pretending to hold the moon in their hands for photos for social media.
“It’s really nice to see that it is inspiring people. We had one child who asked ‘when will you put it back in the sky,’ and ‘how did you get it here.’”
Among the people who have been marvelling at the Museum of the Moon were Alan and Marianne Coddington, who are in their 80s and from Norwich.
Marianne said: “I think it’s lovely and it’s good to see all the craters. I want to see somebody walking on it!”
Katharina Feike, 34, and her nine-year-old daughter Emma, who are from Berlin and visiting family in Norwich, were also fascinated by the moon.
Katharina said: “Emma loves it and we are really interested to see all the craters.”