The Earth Thermometer

Submitted by Bollinger Atelier

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Client: Ted Troxel

Location: Tempe, AZ, United States

Completion date: 2019

Project Team

Industry Resource

Bollinger Atelier

Bollinger Atelier

Artist

Ted Troxel

Industry Resource

Southwest Waterjet Corporation

Southwest Waterjet Corporation

Other

Penn Stainless Products

Penn Stainless Products

Overview

The Earth Thermometer is a 13-foot-tall stainless-steel sculpture on a concrete foundation representing the Earth’s continents. The thermometer is marked in increments of 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but with just two numbers appearing on the surface: 98 degrees and 32 degrees. The reflective surface allows the object to be interactive with modern life shaping the health of the planet. The thermometer is angled to suggest a fragile nature between life and our planet and to promote its care. The sculpture’s lighting indicates the temperature, which can range from -40 to 120 F.

Goals

Additional Information

The piece intends to address climate change by emphasizing the temperature between a healthy human body and freezing water. The relationship between human activity affecting global warming is marked at 98-degrees Fahrenheit, with the 32-degree marker indicating the importance of water for our survival. For more information follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4QUVHA-G-I&feature=youtu.be