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If you come across a globe these days, chances are it was probably found at a flea market or antique store. But there is one studio in London that continues the tradition of building spherical maps of the world. And here’s a look at how it all goes down.
Yuri Suzuki has been travelling the world, using a dictaphone to collect local sounds of different countries since 2009. With these audio field notes, he’s turned a globe into a record that plays these sounds when it spins for a 30-minute audio tour of the world called “The Sound of the Earth”.
While only six inches in diameter, the $US50 City Lights Globe reminds us what Earth looks like at night, when the great oceans give way to the sparkle of cities (note: globe glows in full, not accurately).
I can’t imagine the $US30,000 Superplexus puzzle as a real product. All I see is a boy who’s trapped some sort of ligneous, sapient life form in a sphere. And he’s spinning it, slowly.