Special thanks to FOTODESIGNS, in Kansas City, Mo. for sponsoring the film processing for this project.

The finished globe is 16 ft tall, and rotates. The Pacific Ocean has a window which shows inside the ocean. During installation the globe motor was not yet working so these volunteers are holding it still while I am crawling around inside attaching the ocean.

Detail of the United States. Each bio-region has a unique texture. Here croplands behind the buffalo are made with grains glued to fabric, and sewn inside a vinyl pocket. The forests are made of green plastic forks.

Both the Roadrunner and the Rubber Tree are made of materials that have fun symbolism.

The Roadrunner is made of the soles of running shoes cut into feathers. Electrical conduit for his legs. A plastic bottle cap and a small red Christmas light for the eye.

The Rubber Tree in South America is made of an old bicycle tire, rubber bands and a rubber glove.

The spots of the giraffe are made of puzzle pieces. The  savannah and desert behind the giraffe are made of special material woven on a loom using old fabric, clothes, ribbons, shredded paper, and miscellaneous packaging.

Both the lion and the snake have fangs made of plastic forks.

The lion's main is made of cassette tape and rubber bands.

This snake was designed by a three year old from India. She brought her baby bracelets to donate to the project. She used her bracelets and an old neck tie to make this cobra.

The Manta is made of foil from the printing industry. We learned that this material, used to make glossy letters, comes in hundreds of colors. Presently, it cannot be re-used, or recycled, so it is warehoused while someone figures out what to do with it.

The Whale is made of many used blue candles symbolic of the fact that whale oil was used in lanterns for so many years. The background fabric is a pair of blue jeans, a pocket becomes the eye.

 The exterior surface of the globe is a blue swimming pool tarp covered with plastic dry cleaners bags that say "Thank You". I hope that kids coming to EarthWorks learn about our earth and learn to be grateful for all that we have.

< The globe is located in an amphitheater in the middle of EarthWorks, an underground educational environment in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis of Kansas City, Missouri, where it is surrounded by five realistic habitats and work stations designed by the Chase Studios of Cedar Creek, Missouri.

pic#2: Globe detail text: The globe's structure was made by Zahner A. Sheet Metal Company and measures 14 feet in diameter. It sits on a motorized axis so the finished globe will be able to rotate. Funding for the globe sculpture comes from a grant to the Learning Exchange from the Missouri Department of Conservation. pic#3: The Studio text: Studio space for GlobeArt is provided in the Heart of America Family Services Family Focus Center at 1829 Madison, (the old Swietzer School).

 People of all ages and abilities are welcome to come here and help. No need for artistic talent, just enthusiasm. Tasks may be sorting materials, cutting shapes, weaving into chicken wire, sewing, or whatever Holly dreams up.

 To ensure quality time, studio visits are limited to groups of seven or less. To schedule a studio visit call (816) 426-1927.

 pic#4: Inside the Studio text: The studio is a large basement room with 15-foot ceilings and westward facing windows running the length of the room. It was warm in the winter and is staying cool in the summer. The walls are lined with scale drawings of the continents and all kinds of maps.

 At one end we have a floor loom, on loan to us from Margaret Farnsworth, which we use to weave fabrics for the continents. At the other end we maintain a small research library.

 The room is packed with interesting materials that area residents were throwing away. These are arranged in a colorful pallet -- like a rainbow around the room. Materials include:

Page 2 title: Making the Ocean pic #5: The Ocean text: Approximately 700 square feet of ocean has been made by abut 700 volunteers over the past three months. They made it by weaving old clothes, packaging materials, and other appropriate items of interesting color and texture into one-inch chicken wire. pic#6: Getting Ready text: Before the material could be woven, it had to be cut and torn into strips. These kids turned tearing strips into a game of tug of war while visiting the Globe at EarthWorks. pic #7: Weaving #1 text: In the studio, neighbors and visiting school kids spend many long afternoons weaving the strips of fabric into the chicken wire. Kids are best at weaving random patterns to fill the space. pic#8: Weaving #2 text: Adults are better at making specific patterns, filling in gaps, and tightening up loose ends. pic #9: Weaving Detail text: Using the chicken wire as our canvas, there are myriad ways to weave varying textures and patterns. Page 3: title: Making the Continents and Animals pic #10: The Continents text: The shapes of the continents are outlined with ribbon in more chicken wire. pic #11: Geographical Environments text: Different habitat conditions will be illustrated on each continent with a variety of special fabrics that will be woven on this loom. Here, Natalie Barge of Exchange City, and her daughter, Angeline, thread up the loom. pic#12: Animal Research text: Making animals for the earth starts with reading about them. We learn about where they live, draw a picture and write a few descriptive sentences. Then a pattern is made on cardboard. pic #13: Team Work text: The artists tour the studio in search of the perfect materials for their animals. Adult volunteers sew, wire, and glue the pieces together. In this picture, Holly helps eight-year-old Austin Brue make an arctic tern. Page 4 title: The Animals pic #14: Arctic Tern. text: The arctic tern is the longest migrating bird. It travels 11,000 miles each year from the North to the South poles. (See the journal archive for June 1, 1996)

 Artists: Austin (8), Benjamin (parent), Parker (18 mos.) Brue.


pic#15: Empire Penguin. text: The empire penguin is the largest of the Penguin family (4 ft; 75 lbs). About 15 kinds of penguins live in Antarctica; on islands south of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa; and on the southern-most tip of South America.

 The male Empire Penguin is special because he does all the incubating. He goes two months without food while holding a single egg on top of his feet, keeping it off the ice and warm. When the chick hatches, he goes off to eat shrimp while the mother takes over raising the chick. (See the journal archive for June 1, 1996)

 Artist: Nathan Brue (6)