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Globe Move

Globe Move

March 10, 2014


They've Got The Whole World in Their Hands

 

Over the Mardi Gras break, floats weren’t the only things making their way down the streets. Did anyone catch a glimpse of a huge globe traveling through Covington?  The six foot sphere weighing 125 pounds was created by Cartographer Bill Kiermeier, a local Covington artist whose globes can be found in classrooms, corporate offices and government buildings including a custom model he created for the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

 

The globe was originally donated to the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany in 2008 by Kay and Paul Blaum.  It was featured at Celebration 2008 and then moved to the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center after the event to safely store the globe until the Children’s Museum was built.  During the move from Celebration to the Justice Center, the globe received a few dimples and scratches and needed restoration. 

 

Recently, Andy Elliott, owner of CheckPoint Pumps & Systems and CMST Advisory Board Member, has offered to sponsor the globe renovation.  Plans include restoring the globe and giving it a child-friendly update to make it more appealing to a younger audience.  The goal is to use the globe in a featured exhibit at the permanent museum within the Cultural Arts District.   A team of educators, artists, and exhibit specialists are meeting soon to determine the final renovation plans for the globe.  Colorization, lighting, suspension and orbit rotation are some of the topics being discussed.

 

Thanks to many helping hands, the globe has been moved to a warehouse where Mr. Kiermeier will perform the restoration on-site.  Large suction cups (and quite a bit of delicate man-power) were used to maneuver the globe as they traversed the Justice Center from the 2nd floor, down the stairs and across the security station.  Windows were temporarily removed and replaced to accommodate the 6' sphere.  The globe was transported on a large trailer with many people stopping and goose-necking to watch the "Planet Parade!”

 

Our sincere thanks to:

 

Andy Elliott, owner, CheckPoint & Pumps & Systems
Rusty Mahoney, CheckPoint Pumps & Systems
Ryan Duver, CheckPoint Pumps & Systems
Bill Kiermeier, Cartographer & Globe Specialist
Kay and Paul Blaum, Globe Donors
Scott Appe and Dawna Vessier, St. Tammany Parish Justice Center (and the JC helping hands)
St. Tammany Glass


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