Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY
Tangible Earth, the world's first interactive digital globe conceived by Shinichi Takemura in 2001, is designed as an integrated media platform to raise awareness of global environmental issues. The four-foot globe shows dynamic changes in the world, using rigorous scientific data and speeding up changes to show what is happening. For example, the globe provides a display of the movement of pollutants. This photochemical smog can be seen moving across the whole globe, demonstrating that anything short of international regulation is pointless.
This installation is the fourth in a series of Quicktake installations aimed at showing the public vital up-and-coming design from around the world.