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Garden Variety, Jonathan FranklinTree of Life, Kim Massey Recycled Evolution, Brian Sperry
Garden Variety, Jonathan Franklin; Tree of Life, Kim Massey; Recycled Evolution, Brian Sperry

Cool Globes in San Diego
October 15 to November 30, 2008
Marine-life Artist Wyland lends his talents and reputation

Cool Globes: Hot ideas for a Cooler Planet is designed to inspire public dialogue and encourage individuals, corporations and government officials to take action to stop global warming. The San Diego Natural History Museum has partnered with Cool Globes for this unique globe exhibition in Balboa Park from October 15 to November 30, 2008. These globes will be displayed along walking paths adjacent to the Museum with select globes featured inside the Museum.

Created by environmental activist and mother of four Wendy Abrams, Cool Globes is a vibrant, engaging and educational exhibition that features 42 larger-than-life sculpted globes, each custom-designed by local, national and international artists to showcase solutions to reduce global warming. Eight of the globes will be on display inside the San Diego Natural History Museum; 34 will be placed outside in front of the Museum and around the fountain.

Additionally, the Museum will feature 16 mini globes, designed and/or signed by celebrities such as Robert Redford, Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Tiger Woods, Dave Winfield and Bruce Hornsby.

The exhibit premiered in Chicago in the summer of 2007 to immense fanfare, and was displayed in Washington, D.C. in April 2008 and San Francisco in August 2008.

Wyland will create a globe

An additional attraction to Cool Globes is marine-life artist Wyland, who will paint a Cool Globe inside the San Diego Natural History Museum on October 17. Wyland’s globe is being auctioned on ebay beginning February 4, with proceeds going to the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Wyland Foundation.

Wyland video painting Hands Across the Ocean
CoolGlobe, October 17, 2008
at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Wyland is considered one of the most influential artists of the 21st century, with artwork in museums, corporate collections, and private homes in more than one hundred countries. He has earned the distinction as one of America’s most unique creative influences, and a leading advocate for marine resource conservation. An accomplished painter, sculptor, photographer, writer and SCUBA diver, he has traveled the farthest reaches of the globe for more than 25 years, capturing the raw power and beauty of the undersea universe.

His nonprofit Wyland Foundation has supported numerous conservation programs since 1993. His efforts have been recognized by the United Nations, Sierra Club, and the Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, and private and public institutions throughout the world. The Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students about our oceans, streams and wetlands.

USA Today hails Wyland as a “Marine Michelangelo.” He’s listed in Who’s Who in American Art and the Guinness Book of World Records and many other national and international publications.

Cool Globes in San Diego is made possible through the generous support of Toyota. To learn more about Cool Globes and the simple solutions you can implement in your daily life, visit


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