Light Night brings globe art to Pennington Flash

Reporter Tim Scott was one of the first people to experience the Floating Earth and speak to the artist who created it.

The waterways of Wigan and Leigh have been celebrated with art installations highlighting their beauty.

Internationally acclaimed artist, Luke Jerram, brought his brand new 'Floating Earth' to Pennington Flash from 19 November.

It was due to remain on the lake for 10 days, but was deflated three days early due to predicted poor, stormy weather.

'Floating Earth' is a 10m diameter replica of planet Earth, projected with imagery taken directly from NASA.

It gave visitors a unique experience to view the Earth as though it has impossibly fallen from the sky.

Floating earth evokes the view that astronauts have of the globe

A light trail also featured along the canal path at Wigan Pier.

Councillor Chris Ready, portfolio holder for culture at Wigan Council said: “This will be a really exciting and creative event held across two of our Borough’s most iconic areas.“The Floating Earth at Pennington Flash is set to be a particular highlight, giving Wigan residents, and beyond, the first chance to experience a new perspective on our place on the planet through this incredible vision of the Earth.”