By Brianna Bigelow 10-13-13
The globes are part of an international program called “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.”
This public art exhibit is designed to raise awareness to climate change and its possible solutions. Started during the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, Cool Globes grew into a non-proﬁt organization in 2006. Since then, this organization has spread its roots worldwide.
Beginning with its ﬁrst exhibit in Chicago in 2007, Cool Globes has featured displays across the United States in Washington DC, San Francisco, San Diego, Sundance, Los Angeles, Houston, and Cleveland. In 2009 the ﬁrst international exhibit went public in Copenhagen. After that the international scene opened up for the organization, and Cool Globes landed in Geneva, Marseille, Vancouver, and Amsterdam.
The globes in Boston highlight a wide variety of artistic talents, all with similar messages. Themes of these globes range anywhere from recycling and electricity usage to autographed baseballs and children’s books. One of the globes, however, is custom-made for the people of Boston.
In Copley Square stands a globe honoring the victims of this April’s Boston Marathon bombing. It is titled “Boston Strong” and catches passersby with a stunning mix of orange and blue. The globe features many marathon runners in the background. One is front and center with his arms raised high. A plaque next to the globe likens running a marathon to ending climate change.