New moon rising at Bristol Balloon fiesta

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The Museum of the Moon installation is a fusion of lunar imagery and surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones
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As it travels around, the exhibition will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork
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It will feature two balloons measuring 7m (23 ft) in diameter which are covered in detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface
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The artwork was created by the Astrogeology Science Centre in the USA. The imagery was taken by a NASA satellite carrying the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
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The structures are being made by Cameron Balloons, one of the best-known companies in the city
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One balloon will be air-filled for indoor use, while the other will be filled with helium for use outside
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Each centimetre of the internally-lit spherical structure represents 5km (3 miles) of the moon's surface
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The artist has already been inside the moon balloon to carry out a test inflation
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Floating above the Bristol Balloon fiesta for the weekend, the moon balloon will be illuminated and festival goers will be encouraged to "moonbathe" beneath it
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As the exhibition travels from place to place, people will be asked what the moon means to them as part of ongoing lunar research
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Mr Jerram said: "Different cultures around the world have their own historical, cultural and religious relationships to the moon, so depending on where the Museum of The Moon is presented in the world, its meaning and interpretation will shift"
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He added: "Like the moon, this artwork acts as a cultural mirror that allows us to observe and contemplate cultural differences around the world. As it tours, new stories and meanings will be collected and compared from one presentation to the next"

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