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Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet

© Copyright Alessandra Kelley

a large painted globe neaer the entrance to Navy Pier

In the summer of 2007 the city of Chicago and the Clinton Global Initiative sponsored "Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet", a public art exhibit of giant fiberglass globes painted by Chicago-area artists to present possible solutions to global warming.

Over 100 Chicago-area and international artists participated.

The globes were just over 1.5m in diameter, raised on a pedestal to be over 2m.

The Cool Globes website

My entry, "Spiral Chance", was located at the entrance to Navy Pier.

the north face of the globe, showing Africa

The theme of "Spiral Chance" was renewable energy. Its appearance reflects my original focus, wind power, with swirling longitudinal bands suggesting global weather systems. All around the globe are scenes of wind turbines, solar power, and geothermal pumps.

The blue and green "windy" bands alternate with grayish-brown bands of wasteful energy use and environmental devastation.

a small long distance shot of the globe with two others

"Spiral Chance" was deliberately painted to look like a gas giant planet, such as Jupiter, when seen from a distance.

"Spiral Chance" was sponsored and ultimately bought by Invenergy LLC, a developer of wind farms and natural gas and solar projects.

a tabletop version of the globe, showing the Americas

I painted a miniature version of "Spiral Chance" for a traveling exhibition. This globe is about 30 cm tall.

a tabletop version of the globe, showing East Asia and Australia