A ginormous fake moon is going to rise over Toronto tonight

Sep 10 2019, 7:12 am

You officially have one more reason to visit The Bentway before summer ends.

Starting September 10, The Bentway will transform into an open-air planetarium, complete with a massive glowing moon that will light up below the Gardiner Expressway.

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The presentation is called Museum of the Moon, a touring artwork, and it will feature a week-long celebration of “the moon and our relationship to its rhythms.”

The week is anchored by a seven-metre wide sculptural work by UK artist Luke Jerram, which uses lunar imagery to bring the moon’s surface to life on earth.

Featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit moon represents 5 km of the moon’s actual surface.

There will be, of course, other activities taking place throughout the moon-filled week, including nightly moonlit meditation sessions, free astronomy talks, photo-based installations, and much more. Food and drinks will also be available.

The week will culminate with a special event on September 14 with Moon Merge, as a full harvest moon rises over Toronto.

Mood Merge will include a live podcast recording from Pondercast, exploring how urbanites merge with the natural world. The evening will also include a sing-a-long by Toronto-based group Choir! Choir! Choir!, a performance by Bernice, and a special silent disco set by Halifax’s Rich Aucoin. 

 

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Museum of the Moon at The Bentway

When: From September 10 to 15, 2019
Time: On view from dusk to 11 pm
Where: The Bentway – 250 Fort York, Toronto, ON
Price: All Museum of the Moon programming is free of charge.