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Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites!

Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites! | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The USGS is celebrating 40 years of the LANDSAT

Program by having a competition to select the top 5 "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes from their curated collection.  All readers can select 5 images on the USGS website and the poll closes on July 6, 2012 (The image above is from Coahuila, Mexico).

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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 6, 2012 8:11 PM
Really shows the natural beauty of the world through our technology.
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A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography

A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography | Geography Education | Scoop.it

What a fantastic way to visually render the city!  For more by the artist Hong Seon Jang, see: http://www.hongseonjang.com/

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Colorful Places & Spaces

Colorful Places & Spaces | Geography Education | Scoop.it
It is only right to start this site off with photos of the Holsteiner Stairs by artist Horst Glaesker. In 2008, I saw photos of this installation in Wuppertal, Germany and I knew I had to create a colour blog.

 

How can public art help create a sense of place?  How does this transform the neighborhood and community?  What are the cultural and econommic impacts of public art?       

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If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere

If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere | Geography Education | Scoop.it
If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere, from the USGS Water Science School...

 

"This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant."

 

The sphere does not include the potential water that some scientists believe may be trapped in the mantle (and thus not accessible on the surface).  For more about water that is not on or near the surface, see: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0307_0307_waterworld.html

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Gary Robertson's comment, May 7, 2012 9:36 PM
Water is also tied up in hydrated minerals in the rocks of the earth's crust. While not "free" it is still significant and is occasionally freed through subduction and volcanic activity. Furthermore, the earth's mantle may contain even more water than the rest combined! So, maybe the Single Sphere should be larger by more than the cube root of 2, or about 1,083 miles in diameter. See mantle water data at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0307_0307_waterworld.html
Seth Dixon's comment, May 7, 2012 11:08 PM
Thanks Green Uncle Mary! I mean Mean Uncle Gary!
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Break Dancing, Phnom Penh-Style

Break Dancing, Phnom Penh-Style | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youth in Cambodia.

 

This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization.  Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography).  What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?

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Gene Gagne's curator insight, December 1, 2015 9:15 PM

I thought this was a good video because it talks about a person who was probably living in the u.s. all his life and got hooked on the wrong side of the track and now forced to leave the u.s. The good news is he is seeing a country he was probably born in and never saw. he is able to bring with him some American culture such as breakdancing, music, his tattoos his English language. At the same time he is going to learn his culture.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 12:08 PM

this is a wonderful example of someone giving back to their adoptive [if ancestral] home. this is a good way to keep kids out of trouble while also introducing them to a new culture and style of dance.

Martin Kemp's curator insight, December 17, 2015 4:03 PM

this is great, making the best of a bad situation and working with kids to make sure that they do not make the same mistakes as you did is a great thing. also the examples of cultural diffusion or great as well. everyone knows that there is nothign better for kids growing up than to be a part of after school programs where they can continue to learn different things.

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Cartographically Inspired Fashion

Cartographically Inspired Fashion | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I found this on pinterest (where else?) and decided to share the cartographic love. 

 

1. Paint your nails white/cream

2. Soak nails in alcohol for five minutes

3. Press nails to map and hold

4. Paint with clear protectant immediately after it dries. 

 

This also works with newspaper, etc!!

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This also works with newspaper, but don't try it with NatGeo Maps because the paper is of too high a quality to have the ink bleed out; I would recommend using an old USGS Topo map.


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Lindsey Robinson's comment, August 27, 2012 11:04 AM
This is such a great idea.. especially for a geography nerd like me. I am so trying this when I get home!!!
Seth Dixon's comment, August 27, 2012 12:13 PM
Of course this is for the geography nerds! Glad you like it and you'll have to show me (since it really isn't my style).
Frida González's curator insight, May 20, 2013 11:20 AM

Uñas de mapa :DD

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11 Works of Art Made With Road Maps

11 Works of Art Made With Road Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it
11 Works of Art Made With Road Maps...

 

Geographically themes art...this is made completely from paper maps. 

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Happy Easter

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by The East India Company with Sam Joyce Conduit Street, Mayfair...

 

This London Egg is fantastic.  Happy Easter. 

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Geografia: Paper Products

Geografia: Paper Products | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Geografia, a collaboration between two Japanese studios, makes remarkable geography-inspired paper objects blending craft, cartography, and cutting-edge printing." 

 

If anyone wants to but me a birthday gift for my office, this wouldn't be a bad place to start!

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Sculptures of Cities Made of Books about the City

Sculptures of Cities Made of Books about the City | Geography Education | Scoop.it
From Hunter S. Thompson to Wagner, or what Ulysses has to do with news headlines from 9/11.

 

Pictured is Jerusalem as created from the Torah, New Testament, Armenian Bible and Qu'ran.  These holy books coorespond to the historical quarters of the city.  The balance and symmetry I find artistically and symbolically pleasing.  To see the artist's website, visit: http://matthewpicton.com/

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11 of the Most Colorful Cities in the World

11 of the Most Colorful Cities in the World | Geography Education | Scoop.it

What are the cultural aesthetics of architecture within any particular cultural group?  What do these landscapes say about the people and society that created them?  Do you think there would be economic benefits for Guanajuato's (Mexico) urban layout?  Why is Willemstad more iconically Dutch than most places in the Netherlands? 

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Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 15, 2014 10:46 PM

This article tells us the eleven most colorful cities in the world. Although they give us eleven options, everyone knows that the first one is going to be the best one. Number one, the picture that is shown above, is located in Guanajuato City, Mexico. As you can tell from the photo, all of the buildings are different colors. The city was founded in 1554 next to one of the richest mining areas of Mexico. In the 16th century, there was a mining boom, thus led them to the construction of this colorful, beautiful city. Alleyways are spread out in every direction surround by a breathtaking mountain view. This was the only spot that Mexico took on the top eleven scale. The Netherlands took the number two spot along with the number eight spot. First with Willemstad and second with Utrecht. India was another country that took two spots on our countdown. The last two spots were claimed by Jaipur and Jodhpur. Places that were on here that I was surprised about included places like Italy and Sweden. The pictures do not do it justice. The places looked magnificent and I only hope and hope to see them up close and personal one day.

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Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Take a picture of a picture from the past in the present."

 

This blog is an great resource to show urban historical geographies and changes to the landscape.  These photos demonstrate a more personal, emotional connection to places because of the memories and friendships made.  This archive of photos would also be a great way to explore the theme of 'place' as it is often crucial to the photo and how we interpret that photograph.

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LMullen's comment, February 2, 2012 5:38 PM
This was a great article, most of the pictures just make you smile.
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Map Covered Gift Boxes

Map Covered Gift Boxes | Geography Education | Scoop.it
I got a pretty globe as a christmas present and wanted to create some other map decor so I could place them both on my evolving bookcase.

 

Pictured above is my wife's (a great geographer in her own right) cartographically inspired care package that is complete with a Del's Lemonade packet (A Rhode Island cultural icon http://www.dels.com/ ).  This is a little something for the AP Human Geography readings...what a great spouse!  Click on the link to find instructions on how to create your own.      

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Mind the Map

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The London Transportation Museum is currently hosting an exhibit entitled “Mind the Map: Inspiring Art, Design and Cartography” (which is a clever play on the omnipresent London Underground caution to ‘Mind the Gap’ when exiting or enter the subway).  From May 18th to October 28th this geographically-inspired exhibit will be open to the general public.  Yesterday at the Grand Opening, there were artists, authors and urban planners discussing their work, all of which dealt with the importance of transportation networks as an essential component to creating alternative urban visions.  There are also humanistic works of art that see transportation as the lifeblood of the city, pulsating to the rhythms of the diverse demographic segments and uniting Londoners.  This exhibit is absolutely for all London geographer teachers, or anyone visiting London before the exhibit closes on Oct 28, 2012.   For a photo gallery, see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2012/may/24/mind-the-map-in-pictures

 

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World Map Made from Recycled Computers

World Map Made from Recycled Computers | Geography Education | Scoop.it

While this image does not show the whole work of art, I wanted to show a close-up so that the circuitry could be seen.  Susan Stockwell is a cartographically inspired artist, who has frequently used maps as both medium and theme of her artwork.  With e-waste being a growing concern, the meanings behind this installation expands our understands of this piece.  For more of her work, see: http://www.susanstockwell.co.uk/

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The Artist Behind the Apple Globe

The Artist Behind the Apple Globe | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I recently discovered the identity of the artist who created the "apple globe" that I use as my twitter avatar and that is prominently displayed on my various sites.  The artist, Kevin Van Aelst, teaches at Quinnipiac University and has kindly allowed me to continue using the image.  Please check out more of his work and enjoy his thoughtful use of mundane objects in new spatial ways: http://www.kevinvanaelst.com/ ;

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Making a Human Kaleidoscope

This film and photographic experiment set out to prove The Power of X by attempting an Ideas Worth Doing for TEDxSUMMIT. The project fused architecture, danc...


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This is a great demonstration of spatial thinking extending far beyond 'just' the discipline of geography.  Using spatial thinking, we can create truly breath-taking works of art.  Read more about this on the TED-ED site.

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The Best Office Bookshelf

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The famous London based, Timothy Taylor Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of new works by Ron Arad. This marks the first show at the gallery since it announced sole representation of Arad in the UK.

 

That's the best bookshelf I've ever seen.

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The World on your Shoulders: Map Tattoos

The World on your Shoulders: Map Tattoos | Geography Education | Scoop.it

If you haven't discoverd "Strange Maps," consider this your online introduction to a great blog that explores some of the more interesting cartographic and geospatial forms of representation and themes that you never thought you would see mapped out.  This particular post is about map tattoos (with many pictures).  For more Strange Maps, see: http://bigthink.com/blogs/strange-maps ;

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Texas A&M Embarks For the SEC, Immediately Gets Lost

Texas A&M Embarks For the SEC, Immediately Gets Lost | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Texas A&M University is about to go on a journey, a journey that will take them far from home. They're about to enter the Deep South, unfamiliar territory for most Aggies. So in addition to...

 

Not the worst mistake here, because failing to include the two incoming states might have deliberate.  However, including North Carolina (without any SEC teams and firmly in the heart of ACC country) is a bit of a geographical gaffe. 

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3D Grass Globe Illusion at Paris City Hall

3D Grass Globe Illusion at Paris City Hall | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Today, we want to show you another wonderful 3D illusion which is installed in front of the steps of Paris's city hall.

 

Geographically inspired public art that is also a massive optical illusion makes me happy on so many levels.  

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Cartographic Birds and Plants

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Putting the art in cartography.  To see the artist's homepage, visit: http://www.clairebrewster.co.uk/ 

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Harbin Internat'l Ice and Snow Festival 2012

Harbin Internat'l Ice and Snow Festival 2012 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has been held since 1963, interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution until it was resumed in 1985. Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province, in northeastern China. 

 

Captured in this photoessay are grandiose, yet ephemeral landscapes.  Why construct these monumental landscapes?  Like the fleeting World Fair landscapes, how do they transform space and place? 

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elsa hunziker's comment, January 30, 2012 2:14 PM
Unbelievable!
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Google Earth as Geospatial Surreal Art

"[Google Earth's] mostly automated system sometimes produces unexpected and wonderful artifacts. The bridges in this video are glitches that occur when the 2d satellite imagery and 3d terrain don’t line up quite right, or structures such as bridges are projected down onto the terrain below, creating fabulous and unintentional distortions. These images are like funhouse mirrors – strange illusions and reflections of the real." -Clement Valla 

For still images, see: http://clementvalla.com/category/work/google-earth-sites/

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