Luke Jerram – Of Earth and Sky

Luke Jerram Of Earth and Sky installation

6 August – 2 September 2021

Various outdoor locations

Of Earth and Sky by Luke Jerram, was a large-scale poetry installation project displayed across Scunthorpe throughout August 2021. Poetry submitted by local residents in response to a call out was presented on a large scale across the town, forming a temporary sculpture trail.

The map below shows the locations of these words written large across the landscape. Click on the icons to find out more about the locations and the words that people were able to encounter there.

*Although Of Earth and Sky has officially ended, many of the painted poetry fragments can still be seen in their outdoor locations. Where scaffolded pieces have been removed, this has been marked on the map legend.


Words in the landscape

North Lincolnshire’s showing of Of Earth and Sky sees public spaces transformed with locally written poetry in visually striking displays. Poetry created by the public will be curated by Luke Jerram and a local poet and installed across a variety of locations to form a temporary sculpture trail in parks and other public places. The public will then able to discover and interact with the words.

This is the first time 20-21 has presented a sculpture trail and it aims to create an enjoyable walking and cycling route through the town and surrounding green spaces. Linked events will take place during the presentation, including a video for those unable to undertake the route.

Interacting with Of Earth and Sky

Use the map to plan your route. Maybe aim to walk or cycle between a number of sites in a day.  At each of the artworks you will find a sign displaying a QR code (and a short URL link for those without scanning capabilities). Follow the link and you’ll find the poem in its entirety to enjoy.

Each artwork offers great photo opportunities. Share your photos on social media. Tag 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and use the hashtag #OfEarthandSkyNL. We’ll share a selection of your pictures, and at the end of the project will choose one selfie at random to win a prize!

Selfie Competition

Take a selfie with any of the works on the Of Earth and Sky art trail, and you could win a £20 voucher for the 20-21 Cafe AND a signed Luke Jerram book.

Take your selfie with one of the phrases and post it publicly on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #OfEarthandSkyNL and tagging 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

  • Facebook – @2021VAC
  • Twitter – @2021visualarts
  • Instagram – @2021visualarts

Closing date for entries is 1 September 2021

Our competition is free to enter, and no purchase is necessary. Full terms and conditions below.

Of Earth and Sky selfie competition Terms-and-Conditions


The Creation of Of Earth and Sky

We invited our communities of all ages to express themselves and share their poems through an open call out. We received a huge number of submissions of all types and themes of poetry, and from these submissions were selected the phrases that have been used in the sculpture trail. All submissions have been invited to be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 voucher for the Rabbit Hole Brigg for an adult and a child. Schools have the chance of winning a £50 book voucher from Madeleine Lindley.


The presentation of Of Earth and Sky is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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