When I saw a bronze globe at the Pine Cone Garden of the Vatican Museum in Rome, I immediately thought, “Earth!” The outdoor sculpture is by Italian artist Amaldo Pomodoro.The orb is cracked with another sphere in the crack. Hence the name, Sphere Within a Sphere. It symbolizes the world’s fragility and complexities.Shifting tectonic plates, melting glaciers, drying bodies of water, rising water levels, flowing lava, come to mind among others. All going on at the same time. Natural occurrences on earth are complex, and human activities contribute to its vulnerabilities.
“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” -Charles Dickens, English novelist
Happy Earth Day! 🌎