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Of Earth and Sky, by Luke Jerram, was a large-scale poetry installation project that took place across Gloucester. The poetry was submitted by Gloucestershire residents and was installed across the city forming a temporary sculpture trail. The public were able to discover and interact with this poetry in parks and public places across the city from 24 August – 1 November 2020.

The text and poetry for Of Earth and Sky was created by the Gloucestershire community through a major call out and workshops. With over 80 submissions from across the county, the final poetry was curated by local poet JPDL and artist Luke Jerram. With excerpts of each selected poem installed to interact with the city, the full works are found location pages on this website. Download this walking MAP (Pdf), to take with you.

The poetry and text responded to the city, the climate emergency and the impact that Covid-19 has had on us all as individuals and on our view of the planet. The words were hopeful, embedding a sense of pride and ownership of the area. After an unprecedented period of lockdown and social distancing, it feels more important now than ever to have creativity in our lives.

As we begin to cautiously emerge from the lockdown, there is a sense that we better appreciate the value of local parks and green space for our wellbeing, mental and physical health. This installation celebrated the city’s outdoor spaces and encouraged people to look differently at Gloucester – to see the beauty in its heritage and in its green spaces and find hope in the words of its people.

Like several of Luke Jerram’s other projects, Of Earth and Sky created an opportunity for people to express themselves, in order to create a large scale temporary public installation. Check out these great photos taken by the public on Instagram #OfEarthAndSky

With Thanks
Installing 30+ artworks across the city was no small task! With thanks to the teams of local artists, technicians, producers and community groups for working so hard in all weathers to bring Of Earth and Sky to the city!

About Gloucester Culture Trust
We are a small charity with big ambitions for Gloucester.  We want to make culture a given, as part of a rewarding life.

Guided by a transformative, 10-year strategy, we are working with a huge range of partners to build an edgy, innovative, excellent, diverse and community-based cultural offer, with a strong focus on young people.

Across arts and heritage, we aim to bring cultural, economic and social benefits to our city and position Gloucester as a great place to live, work and play.

About Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living Bristol, but born in Gloucestershire, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the world.

photo by Julie Trinder