Author: Anna Chromy
Theme: Greek Mythology
Location: See Public Sculpture, Google Maps
Copyright: © Anna Chromy, courtesy The Conscience Institute
Material: marble, bronze, crystal
Size: 350h x 100 x 160 cm
Weight: 1.700 Kg.
Gaia was a primordial deity of Ancient Greece (Terra in the Roman pantheon). Her union with Uranus generated all other gods.
The mythological name was revived in 1979 by James Lovelock in his book of the same name. His Gaia hypothesis sees the Earth as a dynamic system that shapes its biosphere. This was the beginning of the heightened awareness of environmental concerns that have been prevalent since the 1990s.
The theory sees the Earth as a self-regulating, complex system involving, in addition to the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the ecosphere, tightly united as a steadily evolving system. This evolution tends to create a physical and chemical environment optimal for life, as long as it is not put out of balance by human intervention.
My goddess Gaia dominates the Globe in a precarious position, a globe that from some angles has the shape of an egg, marking the beginning of life. A crystal ball inside the globe reminds us of the continued efforts needed in scientific research to help us understand the underlying opportunities and dangers of this evolution. The sculpture group as a whole is a reminder of the beauty and fragility of our Earth.