Cool Globes: The Art and Awareness Campaign comes to Charlotte
La Vondra Farquharson
Cool Globes WEB

You can have the world at your fingertips--well maybe not exactly. But you can learn more about climate change and sustainability with Cool Globes - Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet. Thanks to a partnership with Discovery Place, Trane Technologies, the City of Charlotte and other community sponsors, the outdoor, public art exhibit will feature 35 globe sculptures that will inspire participants to learn about small actions that can add up to large impact.

Each globe displays a message explaining how the Charlotte community and businesses can have a positive environmental impact through daily, intentional actions. Since 2005, the Cool Globes exhibit has traveled around the world as a platform to bring public awareness to climate change and solutions.

“Cool Globes is a creative and unique educational opportunity for our community,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “I urge everyone to visit the art exbibit and learn about small steps they can take to help make our environment more sustainable.”

Each colorful sculpture stands five feet tall, is five feet in diameter, weighs 300 pounds and is bolted to a concrete base. Uptown Charlotte, along North Tryon Street between Trade Street and East 11th Street, will be the primary site of the exhibit. Four globes have satellite locations: BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Camp North End and the U.S. National Whitewater Rafting Center.

Seven of the globes were created locally by artists Norma Gely, Rosalie Grubb, Elisa Sanchez, Jackie London, Rosalia Weiner, Britt Flood, Max Dowdle and a group of students from Trinity Episcopal School.

“We are excited to bring the exhibit to Charlotte, as the city has been a shining example of utilizing creativity and innovation to pivot towards a more sustainable way of life,” said Wendy Abrams, founder of Cool Globes, Inc. “The globes promote solutions to climate change with simple actions by individuals and businesses.” Six of the globes were designed by local artists: Max Dowdle, Britt Flood, Norma Gely, Rosalie Grubb, Jackie London, Elisa Sanchez, Rosalia Weiner, and students from Trinity Episcopal School.

Cool Globes aligns with the City of Charlotte’s Strategic Energy Action Plan (SEAP) and the Bloomberg Philanthropies: American Cities Climate Challenge. In 2018, Charlotte was named a winner in the Bloomberg Philanthropies: American Cities Climate Challenge. As a winning city, Charlotte received technical assistance and support valued at $2.5 million to implement the SEAP and achieve its carbon reduction goals. To date, Charlotte has advanced a large-scale solar initiative, green workforce program and instituted sustainable policies that will support the city’s transition to electric vehicles.

“Cool Globes is an engaging and experiential way to learn about environmental issues,” said Paul Camuti, chief technology and strategy officer for Trane Technologies, and incoming chairman of the board of directors for Discovery Place. “Keeping sustainability core to our strategy and being a good steward of natural resources is our every day at Trane Technologies. We’ve learned that knowledge is power and hope that the exhibit will educate and inspire our community to protect the health of our planet for generations to come.”

Cool Globes will be on display until the end of the year.