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August 4, 2005

The Stunning Global Visions of Ingo Günther

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The latest (August) issue of Wired magazine has a story

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by Ken Taylor about the superb creations (above and below) of artist Ingo Günther.

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Günther maps geosocial and scientific data from newspapers

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and other organizations onto 12"–diameter plastic globes.

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They are astonishingly beautiful and thought–provoking.

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So far he has created some 300 globes,

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over 100 of which will be on display this month at Kyushu University in Japan.

From the top down:

1) Ring of Fire — Selected fault lines and earthquake epicenters.

2) Company v. Country — A country whose GDP rivals a corporation's gross income adopts the company's name. For example, Pakistan becomes Sony.

3) Satellite Radio Broadcasting Footprints — Coverage areas of WorldSpace satellites AfriStar and AsiaStar.

4) Time Zones — How the clock divides the globe.

5) Moody's Rating — The lower a nation's Moody's Investors Service credit score, the darker it appears. Some places vanish entirely.

6) Life Expectancy — The average numbers of years people in each nation live.

7) Asteroid Impacts — Points where celestial bodies have collided with earth.

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