Lunar Dome at the Nehru Planetarium

Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai


Painting on a white dome on the Planetarium’s terrace, artists Sharad, Alam, and Munir Bukhari worked over 10 days to create a veritable ‘Moon in Mumbai’. The Planetarium, known for its extraordinary space installations and comprehensive roster of astronomy-related events, regularly hosts many science buffs, and thus served as the perfect setting for the project.

The final result was an acutely detailed snapshot of the moon, its Southern hemisphere specifically.

From discovering water on the moon and being the first space agency in Asia to reach Mars orbit, to creating a world record for releasing the maximum number of satellites in orbit (104) in a single launch, ISRO’s numerous missions have captured the collective imagination of the nation time and again. The Lunar Dome celebrates the pride ISRO has brought to each and every Indian by soaring high and reaching for infinity and beyond in innovative ways.

While celebrating the work ISRO has done in the past, the Dome is also emblematic of all the future achievements they have in store for us as a nation.

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The biggest challenge of the project was to paint a moon on such a space and scale. We had to install over 2500 bamboos to make the scaffolding to reach the top.
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The colours of the artwork tried to reflect at best the real colour of the moon which is more of a dark grey, mixed in with some white, black, and even a bit of orange — and all this is caused by its geology.