In photos – Luke Jerram’s Mars: War & Peace at the Kensington & Chelsea Festival 2023

Currently on display at St John the Baptist Church in West London is the striking sculpture Mars: War & Peace, the touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Martian surface. At an approximate scale of 1:1 million, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 10 kilometres of the surface of Mars.

Accompanying the sculpture is a specially created sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones, which features the sounds of seas, deserts and clips from NASA missions to Mars.

It also incorporates the sounds of distant bombing and people marching, allowing viewers the opportunity to reflect on the current conflict in Ukraine and the history and notion of war.

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The installation will appear at three different sites across the Kensington and Chelsea Festival: 

  • St John the Baptist Church (W14 8AH) from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 July 2023
  • All Saints’ Church (W11 1JS) from Monday 31 July to Tuesday 8 August
  • Jubilee Square (W8 7NX) – an outdoor setting on from Thursday 10 August to Sunday 13 August
  • Tickets will be required, but all locations will be free to visit.

Full details: (website updated daily)

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