A 3D moon replica has been unveiled at Kolkata’s iconic Victoria Memorial and hundreds of people were seen gathering at the northern gate of the structure to view the marvelous exhibition.
The 23-feet wide replica of the moon is half a million times smaller than the real moon and has been made using the imagery from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, said one of the organisers from the exhibition.
The 3D installation called “The Museum of the Moon” was created in partnership with the UK Space Agency and it is a project of the British Council. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture.
The director of British Council, East told PTI that it has been put on display at the Victoria Memorial Hall in the city for the weekend visitors.
The artwork was unveiled on Sunday in the presence of the director of British Council, India, Alan Gemmell, the secretary and curator of Victoria Memorial, Jayanta Sengupta, and the director of MP Birla Planetarium, Debiprasad Duari.
The replica of the moon has been put together by British artist Luke Jerram, Chakraborty said. “This is an important project for British Council, it merges science with art.”
“It is also interesting that the Museum of the Moon project came to Kolkata 17 days after the total lunar eclipse,” Duari added.
The director of MP Birla Planetarium said that the artwork will foster interest about astronomy among the youngsters.
The Museum of the Moon project has earlier toured Bengaluru, Mumbai and Udaipur.