Cool Globes Come to Houston

In a little more than a month, Houston’s Discovery Green will be invaded by dozens and dozens of giant artistic globes. The purpose — to call attention to global warming. Bill Stamps has the story.

They’re like those globes that sit on the teacher’s desk only bigger and more interesting to look at. Each of them is six and a half feet tall and five feet in diameter. Fifty of them are traveling around the world as part of an artistic exhibit on climate change. Susan Bono is one of the organizers.

“The purpose is to raise awareness and try to encourage the public to take the little steps that we all can do to combat, global warming, climate change and reduce our energy usage.”

Houston is the last American stop for the exhibit. After spending time in Chicago, DC, San Diego and San Francisco, it will stay in Houston October through December and then move on to Europe. Here’s what mayor Bill White thinks of the globes.

“This is a fun piece of art, where you have these huge globes over two thousands pounds each; and I think it’s going to be a great family adventure for a lot of people and raise awareness that as big as the earth is… we share it with other people and its resources are finite.”

Most of the globes have been moving from city to city and are ready to go. But a few new ones will be created by local Houston artists, like Suzanne Sellers. She says she’s still working on hers and while it’s not looking good just yet, it will…by the time she’s done.

“I’m doing some little miniature appliances and things that are going to be applied on the side, so each one of those I might have to do two or three times to get the one that I want.”

And while many times art can be something seen differently by each person, organizers Susan Bono says there should be no question what the meaning is behind this art.

“They’ll know what that is because there’s plaques, information plaques, on each globe that describes the globe in depth and we’re also going to have an audio tour, so you can type in or key into your phone and hear solutions of each globe as you walk past each globe.”

The exhibit opens at Discovery Green October 9th.

Bill Stamps KUHF Houston Public Radio news.

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