Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Walk Inside a Globe

From Curious Expeditions:
It is a singular experience. No where else on earth can you see, well, earth. Not like this at least; earth the way it really looks, without distortion. As you walk down along the walkway, bathed in a soft blue light from the back-lit stained-glass surrounding you everything sounds strange; you can hear your own breathing as if it was someone else right up against your ear.
D & M are talking about the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, headquarters of the Christian Science Monitor.

The Mapparium consists of backlit stained glass in a room three stories tall. Look up and you can see the North Pole:

The map is of course frozen in time. It was built in 1935 and reflects the pre-WWII, colonial world, but the library has an an ongoing exhibit highlighting the construction, history, and significance of the Mapparium and the changes the world has seen since that time.

I was in Boston only four years ago! How did I not know about this? It will be at the top of my list if I ever get back.

More photos from Curious Expeditions and from the MBE Library.



At Friday, March 27, 2009 , Blogger Reticula said...

I didn't know about this when we lived just north of Boston either. I'd love to go there.

At Friday, March 27, 2009 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Cool! It could be on the Big Globe tour with the three story globe up in Maine...


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