5 Cool Globes
In the unlikely setting of Boston’s Mary Baker Eddy Library, visitors can walk inside a (thoroughly secular) three-story-high marvel fashioned out of steel and stained glass in 1935.
Great Gottorp Globe
Originally completed in 1664, the 10-foot-diameter German contraption has a hollow interior, painted with constellations, that you can enter. The design inspired the modern planetarium. It’s now on display at the Kunstkamera museum, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
This elegant, 12-inch desktop model—fully transparent and skewered like a cocktail onion—was created by a renowned Illinois globe maker. $140; replogleglobes.com
One of the largest hanging globes on earth—nearly 40 feet in diameter—hovers inside Volkswagen’s Autostadt complex, in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The world is flat: Viewed from a certain angle, “land artist” François Abélanet’s ingenious trompe-l’oeil installation (recently in Paris) seems to take the shape of a sphere. His works, always temporary, are meant to play with the environment without disrupting it.