“EarthArt” Exhibit at MIT Hayden Library

MIT Libraries
September 8, 2017

This fall, MIT Hayden Library is hosting an interactive exhibit called “EarthArt” in partnership with the MIT Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences (EAPS).

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An iGlobe, an illuminated sphere, will have a rotating display of maps and data visualizations related to climate and environmental concerns. It will also be available for students and community members to upload their own data and artwork.

The iGlobe is located in Hayden’s first floor reading room and housed in a custom-made shell designed by Bill McKenna, a researcher and technician in the Synoptic and Fluid Labs in EAPS.

“This will be an interactive educational exhibit for both creating and viewing information at the intersection of art and science,” says Glenn Flierl, professor of oceanography, who organized the exhibit. “We hope to engage a broad spectrum of students, researchers, staff, and faculty who would like to express their knowledge about and concern for the Earth and our environment.”

Although the emphasis will be on work related to climate and environment, students eager to create any type of art for display on the iGlobe will be welcome to do so.

The exhibit is partially supported by a grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.