Photo of the week: Over the moon
The people known as the ‘moon extinguishers’ are hosting a fantastical installation in Mechelen’s cathedral
British artist Luke Jerram created the piece, which is seven metres in diameter, because the moon is a wonder of science and of mythology all at once. “The idea behind ‘Museum of the Moon’ actually came from living in Bristol,” he says in a video describing his inspiration. “Bristol’s got the second-highest tidal range in all of Europe; there’s a 13-metre gap between high tide and low tide. And it’s the moon that’s making that happen.”
The moon also “acts as a cultural mirror,” he says. “Every culture has different stories to tell about the moon.”
That’s certainly true of Mechelen. The townspeople are known – originally in jest and now with a sense of pride – as Maneblussers. Literally ‘moon extinguishers’, the name stems from an embarrassing moment in 1687 when the glow of the moon was taken for a fire in Sint-Rombouts cathedral tower.
So it’s hard to imagine a better place to see “Museum of the Moon”. There are also storytelling moments, a Christmas concert and evening opening times.
Photo: Thierry Roge/BELGA