Mother Earth – Symbol of Sustainability

To raise awareness of the climate emergency, MEP installs an edition of Mother Earth sculptures in major cities around the world. This sculpture acts as the physical footprint of MEP and creates sites for sustainability events. As well, MEP supports the creation of Mother Earth Murals in communities worldwide, as a constant visual reminder of our planet’s focus on a more sustainable future. Below is a chronicle of activities in various countries.

Sculpture Locations: Cameroon, China, Germany, United States, India, Israel

Mural Locations: India, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

 

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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.

Mother Earth on the Potomac River with Key Bridge in the distance

Time-Lapse Installation of Mother Earth

Dedication Ceremony, April 19, 2017

Some of the Hundreds of Photos of Mother Earth Posted on Social Media


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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.


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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.

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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

MEP Booth in front of Boya Academy for Parent’s Day


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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.

Under the coordination of MEP official Anush Paliwal, a Mother Earth Mural was created at Subodh Public School, Jaipur, India. The artists are Ms. Manisha Arya, Ms. Anju Khattar, and Ms. Smriti Sood.


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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!


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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.

 

Credit: Medienwerkstatt Bonn/Patricia Guzman/Ronnie Bugay


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Under the coordination of MEP official Alhassan Sesay, a Mother Earth Mural was created in Freetown. The a rtist is Francis Kpulun.


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Under the coordination of MEP official Juma Amuko Ebwa, a Mother Earth Mural was created in Arusha. The artist is Said Salemani.


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Under the coordination of MEP official Jussa Kudherezera, the the City of Mutare granted approval of painting this Mother Earth Mural at Sakubva Beit Hall. The artist is Laston Simeon.