Globe Heaters

Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik, Sašo Sedlaček

Globe Heaters, 2010

Production: International Centre of Graphic Arts-MGLC, Ljubljana

The Globe Heater is perforated in all cities of the world. Electric fan heater is placed inside the globe producing warm air, which is blowing through these holes and can heat up our homes. Globus of the world is a mandatory equipment of many homes, this one (the Globe Heater) with an electric heater inside is also functional, educational and therapeutic. It helps us to come to terms with fears of global warming.

Globus heater is a visualization of the world that fears the overheating of the planet and the collapse of the natural balance. It is an illustration of egoism and privileges of the rich countries. Each standard world map, which is in use today, namely by Buckminster Fuller is unfair, because it is privileging wealthier countries whose territory is on maps less distorted than other parts of the world .

The Globe Heater is on display together with the Dymaxion maps by Buckminster Fuller, which bear witness to the unjust representation of the world, as represented by common maps, in which first-world countries are less distorted than the rest of the world. R. Buckminster Fuller was very critical to the traditional Mercator projection maps. This cylindrical projection map of the world, which has become the standard , most distorted territories , located further south or north of the two current centers of the world.

The solution of these problems Buckminster offered in 1946 and named Dymaxion Map, which can be assembled in solid form from twenty triangles. It has no real top or bottom, is composed in a number of ways and fairer distorts the territories of the world. It is simple and elegant idea, which is much more than standard maps corresponding to today’s geopolitical changed the world.

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The Globe Heater is on display together with the Dymaxion maps by Buckminster Fuller, which bear witness to the unjust representation of the world, as represented by common maps, in which first-world countries are less distorted than the rest of the world.