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Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist

World Map of Life and Earth spirit

Living Planet Square
Stefan Szczesny & André Heller
Villeroy & Boch (Mettlach)
2000

Mettlach /  Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist   Mettlach /  Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist

Description

Six ceramic walls or 3.3 x 8.6 m, with tile maps of both sides, showing the World Map of Life (by Stefan Szczesny), surround a walk-through pavilion, against which a 14 m high "earth spirit" with bird's head and body covered with ivy (by André Heller) is resting.

The maps are in bright colours. The six maps on the outside have human figures and animal left white, with numbers referring to the 200 ecoregions. The maps on the inside all figures are coloured.
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
Africa, Southern Asia and Australia
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
North America, Northern Atantic and Europe
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
Europe and Asia
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
North Pacific and North America
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
Southeast Pacific, South America, South Atlantic and Africa
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
Antarctic Ocean from South America to New Zealand
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
Indian Ocean
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
North Atlantic, Europe and North Africa
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
Europe, Asia and North Africa
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
North America, North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
South Atlantic and South Indian Ocean
Mettlach - Weltkarte des Lebens und Erdgeist
South Pacific Ocean

Information Sign

Information sign in German, French, and English. Here is the English text:
Living Planet Square

Dear Visitors,

You are facing a symbol of the world exhibition EXPO 2000.
Living Planet Square
has been moved from Hanover to Mettlach.
This spectacular piece of work, contributed to the exhibition by
the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), has thus found its new
home in the region bordering Germany, France and Luxembourg.

The WWF campaign "Global 200" was based on an idea
conceived by the multimedia artist André Heller and documents
the aim of protecting over 200 ecoregions worldwide.

The ensemble before you is made up of a walk-through pavilion,
against which the figure of the "earth spirit" is resting and around
which there are six ceramic walls. The 12 tile pictures were
created by the internationally renowned artist Stefan Szczesny
and represent a "World Map of Life". This work, "the largest
ceramic puzzle in the world"
, stands for the five continents and
the Antarctic.

Its technical realisation took place in Mettlach at the mosaic
studio of Villeroy & Boch and made extremely exacting demands
of the ceramic specialists involved. In supporting this project
Villeroy & Boch is stressing its commitment to the environment.

Together with the WWF we want to inspire people from all over
the world to preserve the diversity and beaty of our planet. A
donation is all that is required to make a personal contribution
to this end and have your name inscribed on one of the pieces in
the puzzle. Celebrities such as Steffi Graf and Pierce Brosnan,
alias James Bond, have already set a good example.

We would be happy to hear of your interest. You might even wish
to commit yourself now! Order forms are available in the pavillion,
or simply contact the WWF information service: WWF Germany,
Rebstöcker Straße 55, 60326 Frankfurt am Main;
phone: 069/79144-143 or e-mail: info@wwf.de

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Country: Germany
  • Animal (general)
  • Earth Spirit
  • Figure
  • Heller, André
  • Map
  • Szczesny, Stefan
  • Villeroy & Boch (Mettlach)
  • Location (N 49°29'34" - E 6°35'36")

    Item Code: desl107; Photograph: 31 May 2019
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