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Tangible Earth

At Granvista Gallery Sapporo, “Tangible Earth” exhibition has started by Prof. Shinichi Takemura as an anthropologist. He, the inventor and director of “Tangible Earth”, is a media producer known for his numerous cutting-edge IT-driven social activities, along with propounding his incisive views on global environmental issue.


For this time, his “Tangible Earth” is exhibited, which is the world’s first interactive digital globe invented and designed by Earth Literacy Program. It dynamically represents various aspect of the earth, such as real-time weather (updated hourly through the internet), earthquake and tsunami, climate variations and global warming progression, biodiversity, trans-national circulation of air pollutants, etc.
Prof. Shinichi gives the message to this exhibition as below.

We human have been found a “the earth” out into the universe.
At the result of space exploration, we were reminded that we own are an extremely rare alien(ET). And also you could notice that the planet like the earth is extremely rare to be full of life and liquid water and that there is few extra-terrestrial life like us.
Even if exoplanets are discovered much, there is no change for us about these “in gratitude” of the earth.
Flowers bloom, bird dances, and 7 billions of intelligent beings called human also communicate through telepathy named languages each other.
Do you know how special those plain sight of the earth is as viewed in a cosmic?
As the first generation in human history that was given such a planetary point of view, I’d like to visualize a new earth image.
In order to grow the 21st century “earthlings.”

“Tangible Earth Museum” has been only opened on February, 2014 at Marunouchi in Tokyo. Touching the earth, what do you feel?

Shinichi Takemura “Tangible Earth”
Date: July 23th – September 15th, 2014
Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00 (September 16th till 17:00)
Entrance: Free
Place: Sapporo Grand Hotel, Grand floor lobby “Granvista Gallery Sapporo
Address: Nishi 4-chome 1-jo Kita Chuo-ku Sapporo
Organized by Granvista Hotel & Resorts, Sapporo Grand Hotel
Tel: +81 (0)11 261 3311

Text: Aya Shomura

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