A CLOSED venue has been transformed into a ‘jaw-dropping’ museum showcasing world-renowned artwork.

The Coro Hall in Ulverston has announced it is turning its main hall into the ‘Museum of the Moon’ for the whole month of August.

Earlier this month, The Coro Hall said its doors would be closed to public performance and hire for the duration of 2020 and that they would be exploring other ways to use the hall that are safe and financially viable.

Now the music and arts venue is featuring a display of a seven-metre moon which includes detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents five kilometres of the moon’s surface.

Beth Kennedy, director of Ulverston Community Enterprises, the organisation that manages The Coro, said: “We all felt strongly that it would be sad for the building to sit empty for much longer and that there must be a way it could bring some joy to Ulverston, but in a safe way.

“We thought about how the Turbine Gallery at Tate Modern functions as an ‘outside space inside’ and saw no reason why we couldn’t do the same thing in the Coro.”

Like other art venues round the country, the Coro has been hard hit by Covid-19 but is covering the cost of putting this on through fundraising and donations.

The installation requires no heating, only minimal electricity and it will be stewarded by a small team of volunteers.

Created by artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon has toured the world and been exhibited in places like The Natural History Museum, London; Liverpool Cathedral and even over an indoor swimming pool in Milan, the Piscina Cozzi where it has been seen by more than three million people.

Entrance will be free (though donations are encouraged).

Visitors will have to book time slots online. Masks and hand sanitiser will be offered.