The Eden Project is one of those ‘must see places’, it’s just very cool. I visited it whilst on a trip to Cornwall a couple of weeks ago having not been there for many, many years – and what better time to go there than on their tenth anniversary. To say the place is flourishing would be an understatement, when I was there last it looked good, but it was only a couple of years old and the plants hadn’t really filled out, but now, well, the plants have definitely filled out alright..and then some!
This place ticks a number of boxes for me, firstly, the design, oh the design! It really is rather stunning.
I love the architecture, the way the bio-domes fit together, it looks like a massive meccano set (yup, I’m showing my age which is why I’ve provided a link to all those youngsters who don’t know what Meccano is).
Somehow it kind of fits the environment, it just looks right. I know there’s probably a ton of people who’ll disagree with me, but well, this is my blog and as someone once said ‘I have the microphone!’
The other box it ticks is the sheer feat of creating something like this in Cornwall. It’s not like there was a massive company behind it pouring cash in to getting this place built, this was the brain child of one guy, Tim Smit. He basically got this place built (not on his own I might add, he had a little help..quite a lof of help I’d imagine) but it’s that pioneering spirit which appeals to me and I admire, it’s people like Tim who push forward our world, our way of looking at life.
Jeremy Clarkson had a great way of defining this ‘character type’ and I quote
‘he’s one of those people who make the human race advance…one of those people who, rather than sit in the cave thinking ‘oh, this is quite comfortable’ he thinks ‘I wonder what’s in the next valley?’. Without people like you the human race would simply not advance’.
And it’s people like this I applaud and look up to as someone deserving of respect.
The last box which is ticked for me is the ecological one.
I don’t know if it’s a new found ecological awareness I find myself more and more aware of these days which comes with age, or whether ‘the planet’ is simply talked about more in the media? Whatever it is I’m not only becoming more aware of our planet, but I’m actually starting to care about it – sounds strange I know.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a tree hugger, but rather I’m becoming aware the resources we love to use up have a life span, and you know what, they’re not going to last for ever, really they’re not.
I think what opened my eyes to this is the film ‘Project Home‘ by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, not only is Project Home a beautiful shot film (it’s like a bunch of photos), but my goodness it opens your eyes to this beautiful, unique place we call earth which we’ve been entrusted with.
And what I love about the Eden Project is, it shows, and demonstrates, that there’s hope.
For those of you who have read the odd blog post by me you’ll know I like to include a track which has shuffled it’s way to the top of the iTunes playlist I was listening to at the time of putting the joiner together, thereby in some way influencing the way the joiner looks. And I’m sure it’s not escaped your notice there are two tracks for this post, the problem being I just couldn’t decide between the tracks as they’re both important in their own way and speak of different elements of this joiner and Eden Project.
The track by Muse is a BIG track, I love the deep throbbing organ bass in the background near the beginning of the track, it’s almost like the bio-domes are alive and breathing, taking BIG deep breaths – in and out….in and out….in and out.
But perhaps more significantly the lyrics of the song talk of the price which will be paid by those in charge (politicians) for what they’ve done…and I guess, not to get too heavy, but perhaps it could also be talking to us; what we’ve done, what we’re doing and what we will do to this planet in order to maintain our lifestyles.
The track by Elbow talks of a rare element these days, hope.
I love the title ‘One day like this’, however there’s a couple of lines in the song which I think speak volumes:
“And only now I see the light
Oh, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day”
A strange thing happened when I walked out of the Eden Project, unexpectedly I was filled with an air of optimism.
Perhaps, there’s another way, I dared to believe there is, dared to hope that perhaps it’s looking like a beautiful day.
That’s not to say it is a beautiful day, but it’s that optimistic note in the lyric, that despite all the doom and gloom in the news these days, the state of the economy, the state of the world, maybe, just maybe it’s looking like a beautiful day….you dig?
To view this joiner at it’s best, do the following
– Plug in headphones
– Hit the play button on the audio player below
– On the zoom.it window below click the icon in the bottom right hand corner (a square with a diagonal line through it)
– Sit back and enjoy the joiner as it was meant to be enjoyed!
Dimensions: 9.9m wide by 3.3m high (33ft x 9.9ft)
Photos used: 63
Song inspiration: Elbow – One day like this