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Cool Globes on Boston Common

We saw these painted globes on Boston Common as part of a worldwide Cool Globes exhibition, designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change. The globes went on display in Boston on August 15.

Cool Globes exhibition on Boston Common
Cool Globes (Frogs in Common on the left)

The globe on the left, covered in frogs and entitled Frogs in Common; Offspring, was designed by David Phillips. Phillips also designed the frog sculptures near the Frog Pond on the Common.

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Anne Frank Sapling Planted on Boston Common

This afternoon, a living memorial to one of the more famous victims of the Holocaust was planted on Boston Common. Anne Frank, author of The Diary of a Young Girl, which chronicles her time in hiding from the Nazis, mentioned a horse chestnut tree that grew just outside the window of the Secret Annex where she was hiding.

“Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs. From my favorite spot on the floor, I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind…”

“The best remedy for those who are frightened, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere they can be alone, alone with the sky, nature and God. For then and only then can you feel that everything is as it should be and that God wants people to be happy amid nature’s beauty and simplicity. As long as this exists, and that should be forever, I know there will be solace for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances. I firmly believe that nature can bring comfort to all who suffer.”

Horse chestnut sapling planted
Horse chestnut sapling from the Anne Frank tree

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