Jeremy Cook watches as his son Liam plays with the globe sculpture 'First We Scream, Then We Act' created by artist Nancy L. Steinmeyer at Airport Park on Friday afternoon. The sculpture, one of three at the park, was created for the 'Cool Globes' exhibit meant to raise awareness about global warming. (photo by Brandon Wise)

The spirit of Earth Day will carry on through July in Airport Park with a new temporary art exhibition, “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.”

The collection of whimsical yet informative globes was conceived in Chicago in 1997 as a community arts project similar to the “Cows on Parade” exhibitions popular throughout much of the country. In this instance, artists were asked to paint and otherwise decorate fiber-glass globes, each one 5 feet in diameter and 6.5 feet tall and weighing more than a ton.

Following their tenure in Chicago, the globes went on the road traveling to Washington D.C., San Francisco and San Diego. This year the collection has come to Los Angeles with an exhibition of more than 50 globes currently on display in Exposition Park along with the three in Airport Park. Following their visit here, the globes will continue on to Houston for a fall display. 

Each of the artist-crafted globes carries a different message about what ordinary citizens can do to combat global warming. Nancy Steinmeyer’s globe “First We Scream, Then We Act” uses imagery from Edward Munch’s “The Scream” along with a representation of the iconic Uncle Sam to signify the planet’s call for help along with a directive for the viewer to act. The globe reveals ways in which small actions can add up to a large reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. 

“Cool Energy” by artist Angelina Villanueva is designed to inform viewers about environmentally-friendly options for energy through the symbols and words depicted on its surface. The third globe in the collection, “Walk, Run, Rollerblade and Bike More” by Bob Anderson sends a message encouraging the use of clean, alternative forms of transportation. 

To view these works, simply visit Airport Park at the corner of Bundy and Airport drives in Santa Monica. The works will remain on display through the end of July.

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