My 5: Museum of the Moon – The Water Cube (National Aquatics Center), Beijing.

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing

1. September 2018. My favorite part of Beijing’s quirky Water Cube (National Aquatics Center) was this amazing little exhibition set around the main Olympic pool. My friend Lily and I had no idea what to expect as we spontaneously purchased our tickets and made out way through the short, dark corridor. Who was Luke Jerram? And what exactly did the moon have to do with Olympic swimming?

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing

2. September 2018. We soon came out the other side of the corridor and into the pool’s cavernous arena and… wow… I hadn’t expected this. What the hell was it made of? At first I thought it was perhaps some kind of papier-mache creation, but as I later found out it’s actually a seven-meter balloon fitted with an interior light and perfectly detailed NASA imagery. Accompanied by tailor-made music from the composer Dan Jones, the whole experience was mesmerizing.

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing

3. September 2018. When I finally took a moment to stop staring at the hypnotic scene before me, I quickly got the answer to my initial questions. 1: Luke Jerram is an English installation artist who specializes in sculptures and live art projects. 2. His Museum of the Moon “explores the fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition”. The Beijing version of what is a worldwide tour focuses on the interconnected relationship the moon has within Chinese culture, particularly that of water and reflections.

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing

4. September 2018. These ideas are extended further along a corridor of mirrors incorporated into a stunning gallery of moon photography from around the world. Visually there is so much to take in and it’s fun to play around with the mirror reflections.

Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon The Water Cube National Aquatics Center Beijing

5. September 2018. If you’re in Beijing and you want to pay the museum a visit you’ll have to get your skates on. The exhibition opened on July the 7th and runs until October the 7th. Tickets are priced at 30RMB (£3.40/€3.80/$4.40). If you can’t catch the Beijing leg of the tour check out Luke’s website for worldwide scheduling: https://www.lukejerram.com

Like this? Have a look at my other pieces from around Beijing’s Olympic Park, plus plenty more from across China’s capital.

Want to delve further afield? Have a leaf through my stacks of travel reports from all over China.

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Freelance travel writer, voice over and English teacher from London. Former music and film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.

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