Friday, March 17, 2006

Signs of Intelligence: Earth from Above and Cool Toilets

IMG_0704.JPGHow does 100 signs of stupidity = a sign of intelligence?

The answer is Yann Arthus-Bertrand and his photo display, "The Earth from Above: An Arial Portrait of our Planet Towards a Sustainable Development." It is the most impressive photo exhibit I have ever seen. It was on display along the waterfront in downtown Wellington the whole time I was there.

IMG_0698.JPGYann has traveled to over 100 countries, photo-documenting the planet from the air. Many of the photos cronicle the affects of the human population on the earth and on itself, others simply capture our planet's incredible beauty. The images are posted along with statistics and information related to environmental, humanitarian, and sustainability issues.IMG_0712.JPG

The exhibit has been traveling around the world for several years, and is a work in progress. You can see many of the photos and learn about the related issues on his website,

And in other signs of intelligence, I'd like to tell you about the toilets in Australia and New Zealand. Yes, the toilets! They are virtually all dual-flush, meaning you do a little flush for pee, and a bigger flush for non...pee. This is such an obvious way to conserve water, and they're obviously ahead of many countries because of their lack of water supplies, but it's still a sign of intelligence.

Next blog: A little update on my travels, website development... and maybe some poi stuff...


Anonymous Hendrik said...

I love Yann Arthus-Bertrand's work. His aerial photos are totally stunning. I bought his 'Earth from above' book as a gift for my dad. Its probably the biggest and bestest coffee table book ever.

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