Adventures Around A Wild Planet with Leisa Stewart-Sharpe

Gaia Family
  • Venue

    Cathedral

  • Time

    10:00 AM

  • Price

    FREE (Booking required)

  • Book Tickets

Pull on your backpack and lace up your boots, we’re off on an adventure around the planet!

Due to ill health it is with great regret that this event has had to be cancelled. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment this may cause.

Children’s author Leisa Stewart-Sharpe will be your guide, as you meet wild creatures and discover wild places from her bestselling non-fiction books with the BBC. Then settle in for a reading from Wild Life that celebrates our planet’s greatest naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

With plenty of opportunities to get involved, your budding naturalists will leave inspired by nature and hopeful for the future of our planet.

Recommended age for this event is 5+ although all ages can join us!

Please ensure there is an adult for every four children attending.

This event will take place underneath Luke Jerram's spectacular and beautiful artwork Gaia which is on display at the Cathedral from 11 - 30 October.

Leisa Stewart-Sharpe is a trained journalist turned children's author, who writes stunning non-fiction and picture books. Originally from Australia, Leisa's childhood has inspired her love for the natural world and its strange and wonderful creatures. Her first book, Blue Planet II, is part of a major new children's non-fiction series in collaboration with BBC Earth and published by Puffin.

Gaia by Luke Jerram

Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface*. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.

The installation creates a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

The artwork also acts as a mirror to major events in society. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective of our place on the planet; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for nature.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.