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Artist Luke Jerram Brings a Lunar Experience to Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward

Replica of the moon to be suspended in Catalano Square during three-day pop-up festival

By - Jun 27th, 2019 08:35 am

MILWAUKEE (June 27, 2019) – A full moon will rise over Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 in the shape of a stunning artwork depicting a hyperreal view of the lunar surface. Museum of the Moon, which has been touring the world since 2016, is a 23-foot diameter, inflatable art installation by Luke Jerram using NASA photography. The Moon is the centerpiece of Under One Moon, a pop-up festival created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969 and all things lunar.

“Every culture has its own historical, cultural, scientific and religious relationship to the moon, yet despite these differences, the moon connects us all,” Luke Jerram commented.

Featuring moon songs, lunar chalk art, original dance, theater and poetry performances, lectures from leading space experts and more, the Under One Moon festival is a weekend to come and be entertained and inspired by the magic of the universe.

“Through this event we get to bring the community together with art, storytelling and music. It will be a one-of-a-kind experience for all to enjoy,” said Doug McDonald, Vice President, Black Box Fund.

Event highlights include:

Throughout the weekend:

  • Dan Jones’ surround-sound composition – created to travel with the exhibit. Jones is a British composer and BAFTA recipient whose work includes music scores for The Miniaturist, 2018 and Attenborough’s Life of Mammals, 2003
  • #1500BottlesASecond eco-art installation by University School of Milwaukee
  • Chalk Artists Stacey Williams-Ng, Lori Antoinette, Tonya Youngberg, Julie Jilek, and Craig and Jamie Rogers create four 10’x10’ and one 10’x20’ 3-D lunar chalk paintings
  • Street Shuffleboard by NorthSouth Club (Friday/Saturday)
  • Food and beverage vendors

Friday with emcee Bob Bonadurer, Astronomer, Milwaukee Public Museum

Saturday with emcee to be announced

Sunday with emcee Dori Zori of Radio Milwaukee:

About Under One Moon

Under One Moon is presented with the help of Scott K. Foley and Kate M. Blomquist (coordinators), Steph Salvia (Serendipitous Events), Michael Vance (My Name is Corocet), Milwaukee Artists Resource Network, MOD GEN and Historic Third Ward Association. The festival is produced under the direction of Black Box Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports public art, music and performances that inspire and educate.

To learn more about the exhibit and complete program, visit

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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