Saturday, February 9, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt ---- Heavy





At first I did not have a clue how to deal with this week's theme of Heavy but suddenly it came to me. This photo has appeared before here but as part of the Thursday Walking Group outings. It is so perfect for the theme that I hope you don't mind me using it again.

Below you can see the German Friendship Globe Fountain in a park alongside the seawall in West Vancouver. You can push lightly on this 2 1/2 tonne globe and it will spin as it says below. It was a gift from the local German community in 2004. Kids just love turning it.


The globe fountain consists of a square granite water basin with a precisely machined impression that fits a three foot diameter granite ball engraved with the continents of the world. The 2 1/2 tonne granite globe floats on a thin pressurized cushion of water which allows it to be turned at the touch of a hand. It symbolizes peace and friendship among all nations around the world.

A little closer look at the countries on the globe, with Europe
and the top of Africa on the right and Greenland
and North America on the left.
What a beautiful piece of granite it is.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE




58 comments:

JC said...

That is so neat! Excellent choice!

leslie said...

I walk over there frequently but haven't noticed it. Where exactly is it? Excellent choice for the theme, by the way. Mine's up now, too.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

You know, I have visited Vancouver a few times and never seen it but I'm going to make sure I go see it the next time I go there! Nice post.
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Huey said...

Looks like a fun fountain. I've never seen anything this creative in the place I stay though. :/

Katney said...

that is an amazing heavy object--a marvelous fountain.

Natalie said...

That's really neat! What a great choice for this theme!

CRIZ LAI said...

This is beautiful. Water can do so many things as long as it's not flood, tsunami or tidal waves.. haha.

If you have the time, do check out my another interpretation here

Corey~living and loving said...

love the fountain. very pretty.
happy weekend.

Rebecca said...

Cool! That's neat... My "heavy" photo is up, too.

BlurMommy said...

That is a neat fountain!

Jen said...

Very intuitive! Love your choice for this week's theme! We have a fountain thing like that here at our zoo! It's my daughter's favorite! Makes me want some warmer weather to come along so we can go enjoy it! Happy weekend!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Very cool! What a unique fountain and wonderful globe. Thank you for sharing some information on it and how it works! Terrific choice for Heavy. :)

Dragonheart & Merlin

Gattina said...

That's a very special fountain and looks really nice ! An excellent choice for "heavy" !!

Liza said...

Beautiful shots! Happy hunting.

a simple life said...

It's beautiful! Have a blessed weekend.

Chikai said...

that looks very interesting. thanks for sharing! ;)

i got my entries up too, you can view it here and here.

Alice - I Was Born2Cree8 said...

This is a great choice for the theme. The second 'Earth' I've seen so far, lol. I hope you're not 'carrying the world on your shoulders' as that would be very heavy.

Eurodog said...

That's a lovely sculpture if you can call it that. I would love to see it.
Technical question, jmb: for the last few days the list of blogs I read keeps disappearing and coming back. I see it is the same on other blogs using blogpower. Any idea what might be going on?

Reba & Shadow @ Reba's Run said...

Too bad it's not that easy to go visit all those places on the globe. Good post for todays theme.

Randi said...

A beautiful fountain!
Good shot for the theme.

mott said...

Wow..kids can spin it?

Cool!


Mine's just up. If you have the time, I'd appreciate a visit! ;-) Tks.

jams o donnell said...

What a beautiful gift to the city. I love it. Great take on this week's theme

mistyeiz said...

i think its the perfect choice for the theme. :) thanks for sharing.

genny said...

Nice one in here. Good job for the theme. Happy hunting.

Hootin' Anni said...

Pretty!!! That's a fountain? Cool!!

[our city has one of these, but not a fountain...I was so irate with the 'carvers' ---they forgot Hawaii on our globe! Geez]

My heavy is posted...hope you can drop by and celebrate my birthday with me. Happy Hunting!

Pato & Pearl said...

Cool take on this week's hunt!

Pearl

ian said...

kids and water-in-the-form-of-a-fountain are tandems made in heaven. i just hope (i'm sure actually!) that moms bring extra clothing for their playful tot whenever there's the possibility of an encounter =] happy weekend!

Sarge Charlie said...

that is a nice monument

Carver said...

Great choice JMB. What a wonderful gift from the local German community. I love the idea of a Friendship Globe and granite is a favorite material of mine. I hope I can see that one day. By the way, I don't blame you for laughing at my heavy post. I was laughing at myself which was why I stopped to take more shots after I lost my recycling. Have a great weekend, Carver

Joyismygoal said...

good shot they are so pretty and heavy The world is heavy in many ways

julie said...

Granite is heavy but it is great stone. Lovely photo, JMB :) I am thinking it is fun to go to where that globe can be found.

Have a great weekend!

My other PH:
TheraBandExerciseBall

Patricia said...

That is so cool. Perfect for the hunt, too. Thanks for stopping by the creek - hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Andrée said...

Now I'm wondering where the granite came from: Vermont? ;0) The mathematics of the spin with the heavy stone are fascinating. I wonder if there is any mechanism to help it spin.

TiOheM said...

Nice take for the theme and nice pictures.

Barbara H. said...

What a unique sculpture! My kids would enjoy making it spin.

jennwa said...

I love that for the theme. All that granite would be heavy.
Have a great weekend.

Utah Mommy said...

Oh wow! That's absolutely heavy for me, i don't think even ten people can lift that thing up lol! Great choice! Happy weekend!
Baby Pushing Mommy

Dragonstar said...

What a wonderful thing to play with - I mean, see (LOL) I'd love to turn that globe, and at 2½ tonnes it's certainly heavy.

ancient one said...

Definitely heavy! Nice pictures!!

the teach said...

jmb, marvelous globe! Lots of fun for the kids! :) Happy PH!

YTSL said...

Hi jmb --

Wow, this is weird. I think I saw something like this over here in Hong Kong (Tai Koo, to be exact) last Sunday!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

It is beautiful and I would like to see it one day.

Jessica said...

Great choice, and very interesting as well... Happy Weekend!

gab said...

That is beautifu, and yes it looks mighty heavy! Thanks for sharing.

T.R. said...

Excellent photo for today's subject!

Heather said...

That is pretty cool!

Anna said...

Wow that is beautiful, I love it...
Mine is up too:
Every Beat Of My Heart

PowersTwinB said...

That is just beautiful! I love the idea that you can move it a bit! Thanks for visiting my hunt today. I always appreciate your visits

PastorMac's Ann said...

Oh this is a terrific choice for our heavy theme. This must be something amazing to see in person. Great picks for The Hunt.

ellen b. said...

Yes that looks heavy! Cheers...
http://happywonderer.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/photo-hunters-heavy/

jmb said...

Thank you to everyone for visiting my photo hunt and have a great weekend.

Siani said...

Excellent shot for this week's theme. Have a great weekend!

alisonwonderland said...

great choice for this week's theme!

we have a similar granite globe at our local zoo. the kids definitely enjoy pushing it!

Mar said...

What a beautiful choice for the theme, love that globe :)

Hootin' Anni said...

Just dropping by today to send along my heartfelt thanks for such a lovely happy birthday wish! Y'all made my day so special yesterday, and I cherished every single wish left in my comments. You're a treasure!!! Thank you kindly!!!

Colin Campbell said...

I love the confluence of rock and water in sculpture. Very nice post.

byrningbunny said...

Cool. Like it. Must feel weird to be able to spin it.

eastcoastlife said...

It's amazing how the heavy granite can be rolled on the thin cushion of water.