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With July 2019 marking 50 years since man landed on the Moon, sculptor Antony Gormley’s first virtual reality installation is a must-see on your next London trip.

Take a trip into space with Lunatick, a 15-minute VR journey created by British sculptor Sir Antony Gormley and Yale astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan. Known for looming public artworks, such as ‘Angel of the North’ in Gateshead near Newcastle, this is Gormley’s first foray into VR as art. The immersive experience uses data collected by NASA to map the journey, which treats the body as a vessel, free from gravity, to bring the haptic experience of space alive.

The out-of-this-world experience, the perfect way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, is available to book now for a limited appearance from 5 to 25 April at The Store X at 180 The Strand. Although there is no minimum age, the organisers recommend a minimum height of 120 centimetres in order to fully enjoy the experience.

Time to take flight

Once strapped into the immersive headset, your journey into space begins on Christmas Island, where a launch pad will project you through the clouds and the stratosphere, your body acting as the spaceship. You’ll explore the cosmos, circumnavigating the globe and seeing the Northern Lights glow before landing on the Moon to walk as only 12 men in history have done.

Gormley and Natarajan worked with Acute Art to bring the elements to life, from the tiniest flowers to the glowing mass of the Sun. As well as providing young travellers with a once-in-a-lifetime (well, at least for now) experience of outer space, the immersive artwork gives viewers an unprecedented feel for what Gormley calls our “paradoxical place in the universe”, showing our significance and our cosmic insignificance in a thrilling voyage of exploration.

Add more art to your stay

Extend your Antony Gormley experience by staying at The Beaumont, a grand Art Deco hotel in Mayfair that is home to ROOM by Antony Gormley. This unique suite is part accommodation, part sculpture, extending out of the hotel like a giant body. The one-bedroom suite contrasts a pitch-black oak-clad sleeping space, pared back and designed for rest, with a pure white marble bathroom. Although ROOM may not be suitable for children, The Beaumont has a selection of 60-square-metre Classic Suites that are perfect for travelling families, with the wonders of West End on your doorstep and Lunatick a 15-minute drive away.

Lunatick by Sir Anthony Gormley and Dr Priyamvada Natarajan
Where: The Store X at 180 The Strand, London
When: 5–25 April 2019, Tuesday–Sunday, 10am–6pm
Cost: £5. Book online here.

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