Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet Design Competition Design Due: March 21st 2014

February 19, 2014

Cool Globes is an innovative educational opportunity to use the medium of art to inspire people to take action against global warming. Artists from around the world, including Jim Dine, Yair Engel, Tom Van Sant and Jaume Plensa, have designed one of these globes in public exhibitions from Chicago to Copenhagen. This is YOUR CHANCE to design a globe for the Urban Environmental Laboratory at Brown.

Use the attached guidelines and submit your entry. All Brown students eligible. Group entries welcome.

Prize for the Winning Entry: Your Globe Unveiled in the Fall PLUS $200 


The globe design should reflect your understanding of an important environmental issue and your creativity in communicating this issue in a way that prompts discussion, debate and action. You may propose to paint, sculpt or add appendages to the outside of the globe. The globe’s structural integrity cannot be compromised. The mechanisms for attaching the globe to its base may not be altered.

Globe specifications:
  • Globe is 60" (five feet) in diameter
  • Stand is 20" high and 8" in diameter, with a flange that can be bolted to the concrete base. With stand, total globe height is 84”
  • Globe weight is approximately 300lb without concrete base.
  • Continents are approximately 3/4" high, with some relief around thecoasts and along major rivers/mountain ranges.
  • Globe is approximately 1/8" to 1/4" thick fiberglass.

These globes will be outside and are designed to be looked at, felt, and touched by the Brown community and the public. In designing your globe, please carefully consider the effects that temperature, precipitation, wind, dirt, and other weather conditions will have on your globe. Any object you add to a globe should be firmly secured.

Please be sensitive to the fact that these globes will be fully accessible to a wide spectrum of people, including children; therefore your design must be suitable for public display. Designs that are religious, political or sexual in nature will not be accepted. Neither corporate logos nor advertising is allowed.

The winning design will be selected by Cool Globes Founder Wendy Abrams. The winners will receive a cash prize of $200, and will undertake to implement their design before the start of Fall semester. We will purchase and apply a finishing coat that will condition the globe to be in a sufficiently durable weather resistant state.

Submit your design, with the names of all contributors, to Kurt Teichert at the Center for Environmental Studies.