W2O Intern Phoebe on the Cool of Boston’s “Cool Globes”

By August 27, 2013 Uncategorized

Our W2O intern, Phoebe Racine gives us some “cool” to consider before she heads back to Dartmouth next week:

If you’ve been to downtown Boston lately you may have noticed a series of decorated earths on the Tremont side of the Boston Common, near Park St. Station and at Copley Square. Some are wrapped in knit, others you can climb inside of and one is covered in plastic debris. These sculptures are part of a campaign called, Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet. The purpose of the #CoolGlobes is to raise awareness about environmental issues and challenges us to consider our human influence on climate change. Boston is the 14th city worldwide to hold the exhibit.

Of particular interest is the globe titled “Reduce” by Israel artist Yair Engel. We see a globe covered in brightly colored plastic, plastic that holds our laundry detergent, cereal, hair products, and all of our everyday items. The “Reduce” globe reminds us just how dependent we’ve become on disposable goods. In Engel’s message at the bottom he writes that “within the past 35 years, the amount of trash each person generates has almost doubled from 2.7 lbs to 4.4 lbs everyday.” Ultimately he asks, “How can you slim down your trash can?”

If you would like to see Engel’s globe in person it stands one block south of the Park Street Station. Or you can view globes like his online by visiting the Cool Globes The exhibit is serious yet fun-the perfect outing for the whole family. Have you ever climbed inside a giant earth statue?


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