Mother Earth – Symbol of Sustainability
MEP is in the process of installing an edition of Mother Earth sculptures in major cities around the world. This sculpture acts as the physical footprint of MEP and helps to raise awareness of our need to save the planet for future generations. Below is a chronicle of activities in various countries.
United States of America, Washington, DC top
The Mother Earth sculpture made its debut on January 19, 2017. It is located in Georgetown, Washington, DC, on the Potomac River. It was installed the day before the US Presidential Inauguration, as a proud reminder of this country’s focus on sustainability. The dedication of this sculpture was on Saturday, April 29, 2017, the same day as the Climate March.
Time-Lapse Installation of Mother Earth
Dedication Ceremony, April 19, 2017
Argentina, Buenos Aires top
In December, 2017, MEP co-founders Benjamin and Barton Rubenstein met with Buenos Aires City Parliament officials as well as representatives from the Office of the Mayor and both are interested in bringing a Mother Earth sculpture to its capital city, Buenos Aires. They are also interested in engaging schools to create parachutes for the upcoming Parachutes For The Planet exhibition on Earth Day in Washington, DC. More details to come.
Benin is planning to install the Mother Earth sculpture in 2020. More details to follow.
Cameroon, Yaoundé top
The capital city of Yaoundé installed a Mother Earth sculpture in the Spring, 2018. The city will celebrate the arrival of the sculpture by inviting local environment-focused groups and government officials and display parachutes made by students in schools from around the country.
Chile, Santiago top
MEP co-founders Benjamin and Barton Rubenstein met with Chilean Minister of Environment Marcelo Mena in Dec. 2017, and he is interested in bringing a Mother Earth sculpture to its coastal city of Valdivia. He is also interested in engaging schools to create parachutes for the upcoming Parachutes For The Planet exhibition on Earth Day in Washington, DC. Below is the letter of commitment.
China, Guilin top
Guilin, a city whose environmental gems are featured on China’s 20 Yuan note has been chosen as the site for a Mother Earth sculpture, celebrating China’s focus on saving the environment. Specifically, the Boya Academy, a K-12 international school with 31 like-academies around China, is excited to have Mother Earth at its Guilin campus. It is located in the school’s art corner, a place where students discuss art projects. MEP is excited to begin this collaboration with the Boya Academies. The dedication was September, 2020.
The banner reads, “To Protect the Environment, We are in Action”
Mother Earth at Boya Academy
The Karsts (Mountains) and the Lee River in Guilin
Central Pond at Boya Academy
MEP Inflatable Booth in Chinese with Boya Academy Administrator Zhou
MEP Co-Founders Pose with Tour Guide and MEP Partner Daisy Chan (left) and Boya Academy Administrator Zhou (right)
Installation – Mother Earth is Lifted by Crane from its Crate
India, Jaipur top
Mother Earth sculpture has arrived in the capitol city of Jaipur, in the State of Rajasthan. It was installed and dedicated at the central Jawahar Circle, next to the Patrika Gate in September, 2020. There are many plans for sustainability events in the future.
Israel, Jerusalem top
Mother Earth Sculpture Lands in Jerusalem! Mother Earth, Symbol of Sustainability, is now located in Bloomfield Gardens, next to the King David Hotel and the Montefiore Windmill.
Installation Day – Apparently, the sculpture transport cage (above) is now being used as a bird cage at a residence in East Jerusalem!
Germany, Bonn top
A Mother Earth sculpture was installed on the shores of the Rhine River opposite the UNFCCC campus. Installation was June 17, 2020. The first dedication ceremony was June 26, 2020 during the pandemic. The second dedication ceremony was Oct 2, 2021.
Italy, Naples top
The city of Naples is interested in placing the Mother Earth sculpture along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. More details to follow.
Mexico, Mérida top
The city of Mérida is interested in placing the Mother Earth sculpture in a public space to celebrate its focus on sustainability. More details to follow.
Portugal, Lisbon top
Quercus, the national eco-organization in Portugal is interested in placing a Mother Earth sculpture in the city of Lisbon, along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. More details to follow.