Museum of the Moon in MKE!

I had the chance to see this awesome display in Milwaukee, WI!

To be honest, I thought this display was a new sculpture on the Milwaukee River but soon came to learn that it was a large, inflated ball, hung a few feet above the ground. I didn’t get to see it all lit up and bright at night, I still didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see it.

While the idea of it floating in the Milwaukee River couldn’t be beat, the detail on this giant globe was commendable. It felt like the moon was reachable! What made this whole thing even better was the guy dressed as an astronaut, riding around in one of those 2 wheel self-balancing scooters.

I had no idea this was an actual travelling museum until I walk around for a bit and found the informational booth. This was an art piece done by a UK artist named Luke Jerram. The globe is 7 meters in diameter and it was made from images taken by NASA. You can read more about it on their website, my-moon.org.

There were a couple other smaller sculptures on display, for example, the giant bottled water made of bottled water, representing the amount of bottles of water the U.S, uses per second. According to the details on the sculpture, that’s 1,500 bottles per second.

The “museum” had more than just the giant moon. There were many chalk artists there with amazing talent, however the one below was my favorite. The colors were vivid and well blended; personally, a good chalk painting is one you wish were permanent and this one was that good!

At first I wasn’t sure I believed in the 3D effect because it looked like a multi-dimension flat drawing. As you can see, the painting originally is a lot longer and bigger. You can draw a flat drawing with depth but still not have an actual 3D effect (something that sticks out at you or makes you feel part of it in real life). However when I stepped in the indicated area, I could see the.

I’ve seen works like these before; depending on the angle you look at the piece and how you scale the piece, you can get a 3D effect or have something hidden that you couldn’t see unless indicated. The window felt like it was standing up straight in front of me, as opposed to being flat on the ground. The cats appear to be actually look like you could pet them. It was a nice effect.

For more of this artist’s work, you can follow them on Instagram & Facebook or check out her website at RogersCreate.com.

I was very surprised that Chicago wasn’t on the list of stops and Milwaukee was. The museum will be traveling to several other countries before finishing with their last stop in Philadelphia, USA. They also have multiple moons travelling and stationed in certain locations long term, so be sure to check below to see where it’s going next or go to their website, my-moon.org:

  • The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, USA, opens 21st April onwards
  • Lille3000, France, 27 April – 1 December
  • Draper, Boston, USA, 18 May – 6 October
  • Natural History Museum, London, 17 May 2019 – 5 January 2020
  • ArtScience Museum, Singapore, 25 May – 29 September
  • Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, 28 June – 25 October 
  • Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 29 June 2019 — January 2020
  • Wulong Art Festival, China, 3 August – 3 November 
  • Paradise City, Seoul, Korea, 30 August – December
  • Festival Internazionale di Andria Castel dei Mondi, Italy, 9 – 22 September
  • Derby Cathedral, UK, 16 September – 6 October
  • Rievaulx Abbey, UK, 19 – 22 September
  • SA MANIFATTURA, Sardinia, Italy, 20 – 28 September
  • UK Space Conference, UK, 24 – 26 September
  • Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, 2 – 7 October (Cupola Hall); 30 October 2019 – 1 June 2020
  • Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, UK, 4 – 14 October 
  • New Scientist Live, London, UK, 10 – 13 October
  • Leicester Cathedral, UK, 11 – 20 October
  • Bloomsbury Festival, London, 11 – 20 October
  • Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester Cathedral, UK, 16 October – 4 November
  • Ironbridge Gorge Museum, UK, 21 October – 10 November
  • Birkenhead Town Hall, 25 October – 15 November
  • Derry Halloween, N. Ireland, 26 October – 1 November
  • Light Up Lancaster, Priory Church, UK, 1 – 20 November
  • The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, USA, 1 December – 5 January

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