Cool Globes – Grant Park, Chicago
Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet
2007: Temporary Exhibit [June-September 2007]
Location: Lakefront from The Field Museum north and at Navy Pier
From June-September 2007, the City of Chicago is hosting
“CoolGlobes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet,”
an innovative project that uses the medium of public art
to inspire individuals and organizations to take action against global warming.
The exhibit features over 100 sculpted globes, each five feet in diameter, displayed along Chicago’s lakefront from The Field Museum north and at Navy Pier. Artists from around the world, including Jim Dine, Yair Engel, Tom Van Sant and Juame Plensa, designed the globes, using a variety of materials to transform their plain white sphere to create awareness and provoke discussion about potential solutions to global warming.
Wikipedia informs.. click here..
“Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet” was conceived by environmental activist Wendy Abrams. In 2006, Chicago and world artists were asked to submit designs for solutions to global warming. Each globe was to be sponsored by an individual, company or organization. Completed globes were mounted along bicycle trails in Grant Park north of the Field Museum of Natural History, on Navy Pier, and along Michigan Avenue. The project included an opening gala, environmental education in public schools, and a children’s contest, “Cool Globes for Cool Kids”, which exhibited in the Chicago Children’s Museum. After the exhibit ended in September 2007, some of the globes were auctioned off and the proceeds used to fund environmental programs in Chicago Public Schools. The project was sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Field Museum of Natural History, Exelon and others.
Cool Globes: Hot idea for a cooler planet