Albemarle Foundation Sponsors Cool Globes

Albemarle Foundation Sponsors Cool Globes

Today is #FoundationFriday and we're celebrating by sharing more about the Albemarle Foundation's sponsorship of Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet. Currently located in Charlotte, NC, Cool Globes is a free, outdoor public art exhibition, featuring 35 globes which share simple ways that individuals or businesses can make a difference and reduce negative effects on the climate. Learn more below.


Trane Technologies, Discovery Place and the City of Charlotte partnered to make this exhibit possible. The Albemarle Foundation joined local sponsors including Bank of America, Lending Tree, Spectrum, Foundation for the Carolinas, Charlotte Knights, National Gypsum and others to help bring the exhibit to Charlotte.

The goal of the nationally recognized exhibition is to inspire participants to learn about small actions that can add up to large impact. These actions range from increasing energy efficiency in homes and purchasing products made with 100 percent post-consumer material, to increasing recycling and greening urban landscapes. “With Albemarle’s focus on sustainability, supporting Cool Globes was a perfect fit for the Foundation,” said Foundation Executive Director Sandra Holub. “We hope our participation in this exhibit helps inspire climate education, awareness and action and other ways to Grow the Good.”

Seven of the globes were created locally by artists including one created by a group of students from Trinity Episcopal School. Each globe is 5 feet in diameter and set on a cement base. Charlotte is the 23rd city to play host to this exhibit. The primary exhibit space is located along North Tryon Street between Trade and East 11th, with 31 globes spanning eight city blocks. The globe sponsored by the Albemarle Foundation is located at Bank of America headquarters plaza. It’s titled “Unity in Strength” and was designed in France. The globe is described as balancing dark and light, with the oceans painted a deep blue and the continents covered in brightly colored flags.

“Our globe shows each nation’s flag joining across the world. It represents the strength we have when we join together to power the potential of our communities,” said Sandra. For Discovery Place, the exhibition is an opportunity to expand upon its organizational mission to make science learning accessible to everyone. “The Cool Globes exhibition is an opportunity to showcase sustainability, along with the amazing talents of local and national artists, on a city-wide level,” said Catherine Wilson Horne, Discovery Place president and CEO. “This display also shares the important message of working together to create a better future for all.”

Cool Globes is on display in Charlotte through the end of 2020. People are encouraged to view this outdoor installation at a safe distance and while wearing a mask.

Photo by James Lane Imagery