Three colorful concrete globes depicting the earth in different scientific aspects.
[From left to right] Recycling and carbon footprints, ocean currents temperature, sun and rain, thermal imagery of global warming, and cloud and aerosol coverage.

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Five globe sculptures surround the flag pole located behind the ARC Classroom, creating a thoughtful gathering area at the Highlands Center. The sculptures were created from yoga balls, cement, and chicken wire in 2012 by Joyce Johnson of Truro, MA and AmeriCorps member Alexandra Heyn.

Inspiration for the globe sculptures came from the installation of a oneyear (2012-2013) deployment of the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Monitoring System (ARM). The project studies aerosols, weather, and other impacts on our environment. The globes, in celebration of the ARM climate research facility, are a perfect example of how arts and sciences can naturally compliment each other, a balance and mission which the Highlands Center aims to foster.

Highlands Fest 2012 focused on volunteers painting the five sculptures each with a climate-awareness theme, including: sun and rain, recycling and carbon footprints, cloud and aerosol coverage, thermal imagery of global warming, and ocean currents temperature. The globes are a bright, insightful addition to the quad and will be available to be enjoyed by visitors for years to come!

Last updated: October 5, 2017

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