Bartkus Globe at the United Nations
December 15, 2015
Ray Bartkus, a good friend of SFG and an eminent artist from Lithuania, recently installed his work, The Globe, at the United Nations headquarters in the presence of Foreign Minister of Lithuania, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson and 150 UN diplomats.

Bartkus told the Strategic Foresight Group, “The Globe consists of three concentric spheres. The largest depicts the continents as nails on an ocean of aluminum mesh. Inside it, a smaller sphere made of wood and mirrors reflects the audience, placing them inside the Globe. The next sphere is made of light, and houses inside itself a dove, the Globe’s core, embodying universal concepts of peace and goodwill. Like our world, the Globe is given shape by its contrasts: the sharp tips of the nails and the dove’s soft feathers, the coldness of the metal and the warmth of the wood, the infinitely refracting light and the shadows cast by the mesh. It can appear as whimsical as a disco ball and as menacing as a cage, but nonetheless it remains a unified whole, much as our own world can seem paradoxical, fractured and intractable, but nonetheless remains a single, indivisible whole. Like our world, the Globe achieves its final beauty only when seen in its full unity, only when its various contrasting parts are seen as part of something greater.”

Ray Bartkus has invited all friends of SFG to visit the installation during their travel to New York.