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Step inside the giant wind sculpture, Aeolus

August 31, 2011
Author: Hannah

What does the sky sound like? What does wind look like? Visitors will be able to experience light, wind and clouds in a totally new way when they step inside the giant sculpture that’s coming to Eden for three weeks in September.

Luke Jerram’s ‘acoustic wind pavilion’ invites people to stand inside an arc of humming steel pipes which generate sound from the wind around them.

Named after Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of the wind, the installation is ‘designed to make audible the silent shifting patterns of the wind and to visually amplify the ever changing sky’, explains Luke.

As well as hearing the sonified wind, which reverberates down 310 sensitive ‘whiskers’, visitors can look through these bright, polished tubes to see a magnified and inverted version of the landscape around them.

How to visit Aelous at Eden
Visitors can view Aeolus at the Eden Project from 19 September – 11 October as part of a national tour. It can be accessed from Pineapple car park, via a short walk through ‘Wild Chile’, one of our lesser known plant collections and conservation areas on the outer estate where there are 800 plants representing 60 different Chilean species, hybrids and varieties that are part of a conservation programme in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Or for anyone with mobility problems it can be accessed via a more direct flat route starting at Strawberry Car Park.

Come along to one of our special talks on the acoustics that make Aeolus sing, delivered by a member of the project team. These take place by the sculpture itself at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 on 23, 24, 28, 29 and 30 September, and 5 and 6 October.

See more photos of Aelous and find out how it was made.

Videos of Aeolus at Eden

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Last chance to register for Eden Marathon this October

August 30, 2011
Author: Hannah

There’s just over a month to go until the 2011 Eden Project Marathon, which winds its way through the surrounding dramatic Cornish landscape on Sunday 9 October.

Places are still available for the race, which is highly rated by Runner’s World magazine. If you’re not up for the full 26 miles, you could go for the Half Marathon instead – or the 1-mile Fun Run, which is taking place the day before.

Last year around 1,500 people took part, and we’re expecting people from all around the globe to turn out for the big day this October. Among them are:

  • St Austell born and bred John Pentecost, who’s heading over from Australia. The 53-year-old is combining the Marathon with his mother’s 80th birthday celebrations.
  • Keen walker Emily Boedecker, who’s returning to the UK from the USA to run her first Half Marathon, joined by her sisters.
  • Pete Roper from Shaftesbury, Dorset, winner of the inaugural Eden marathon in 2009. He’s still the holder of the course record at two hours 46 minutes 11 seconds.
  • Our very own Managing Director Gaynor Coley, who’s running the Half Marathon to raise money for Eden’s ‘Rainforest Experience’, an educational resource which will include a rainforest canopy walkway and a base camp learning centre in the tropical Biome.

Find out more about the day on our Marathon webpage, where you’ll see a slideshow and a video of last year’s race, a full route map, a link to our Marathon Facebook page where you can connect with other runners, and a full registration form.

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How to make music with a blade of grass

August 25, 2011
Author: Hannah

As part of our Festival of Play season, we’re offering loads of ideas for games and activities on the themes of outdoor play and circus fun to keep your kids occupied this summer.

Create weird sounds using just a blade of grass stretched between your thumbs. It makes a high-pitched squealing noise that will surprise your mates.

Instructions

1. Select a wide, flat blade of grass. Steer clear of thick leaves; the finer the grass, the better.

2. Hold one end of the blade of grass between the tips of your thumb and forefinger of your left hand (if you are right-handed).

Stretch it taut across on to the base of your left thumb (that big fleshy pad of your hand) using your right hand. Secure it there momentarily with the fingers of your left hand.

3. Now trap the bottom of the grass blade between the bases of both thumbs and the top of it between the tip of each thumb. Pull the blade of grass tight – but not so tight that it snaps.

4. Purse your lips slightly like you’re going to whistle, put them right up against your thumbs and blow so that the air goes between your thumbs and over the blade of grass.

It should make a high-pitched whistle sound. If it doesn’t make any noise, adjust the grass to make sure it’s nice and taut.

5. Now go and surprise your mates…

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New video on Eden’s uplifting social and environmental projects

August 25, 2011
Author: Hannah

You’d be right in thinking that the Eden Project is a memorable day out in Cornwall. But did you know that Eden is also a charity and social enterprise that’s involved in all sorts of social and environmental projects?

We’ve put together a new video to showcase some of these transformational programmes, from inspirational workshops for homeless people to climate change arts events for young people, from gardening schemes for local communities to green training for Cornish businesses.

Have a watch to see what we’re up to behind the scenes, and hear some of the stories from people who’ve been touched by these schemes.

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Create a winning Olympic wreath for London 2012

August 24, 2011
Author: Guest

We’re inviting 11-19-year-olds to enter a competition to design and make their own Olympic wreath out of plants.

Winning wreaths, photographed on the heads of their designers, will be displayed in London during the 2012 Summer Games.

Together with Botanic Gardens Conservation International we are running the competition to encourage young people to get in the mood for next summer’s events, while also learning about plants.

The first ever Olympic Wreath, presented to victors in Ancient Greece, was made from wild olive leaves picked from a sacred tree by the temple of Zeus. Can you carry on the tradition?

Find out how to enter, by 31 December 2011, on our competition page.

Thanks to Nell Brookfield.

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Architecture summer school at Eden, 2-7 September 2011

August 23, 2011
Author: Hannah

Architecture students and professionals are invited to join this year’s Architecture Sans Frontières summer school at the Eden Project in September.

The five-day residential workshop is all about ‘disasters and the role of the built environment professional’ and will feature the usual winning combination of inspirational talks, group seminars and practical sessions around the Eden site.

The focus is on addressing the factors that mean natural disasters disproportionately affect poor communities, and discussion will explore issues such as poverty, social exclusion, inappropriate technologies, environmental degradation, marginal land, and inadequate preparedness.

The workshop will culminate in a series of building experiments with materials such as bamboo and timber, sourced from within the various continental environments at the Eden Project, and with the construction of shelter prototypes.

Check out the full programme and reserve your place.

See what last year’s group up to at the 2010 summer school (pictured above)

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Help shape St Austell’s Cosgarne Triangle at a tea party on Tuesday 23 August

August 22, 2011
Author: Hannah

Local residents are invited to give their input tomorrow on how to create a colourful flower display to brighten up this major gateway into the town.

Eden Project staff, who came up with the original designs for the land, will be joined by residents of Cosgarne Hall’s homeless shelter, who will be the driving force behind the neighbourhood project.

Inspired by a visit to the Eden Project as part of our Great Day Out programme, they’ve recently transformed the grounds of Cosgarne Hall, which have been established as an arboretum for future generations to enjoy.

Come and help create a slice of Eden in your neighbourhood, by joining us from 4-6pm on Tuesday 23 August, at Cosgarne Hall, 81 Truro Road, St Austell.

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Today’s Plant Record: Roots Manuva’s Watch Me Dance

August 19, 2011
Author: Chris

As a bit of fun for the weekend Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on Eden’s plant collection as our Plant Records Manager, recommends his favourite ‘plant records’ – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant.

This week’s tune: Watch Me Dance, by Roots Manuva

Roots are vital for the growth of all plants. They provide an anchor into the soil that allows the transportation of water and nutrients through a plant’s vascular system.

This one’s a brilliant Friday track. Roots Manuva is a UK hip-hop legend and massive fan of all things planty. Have a great weekend folks!

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Eden proud to introduce new Green Talent forum for career advice

August 17, 2011
Author: Guest

With help from partners, Kew Gardens and RSPB, Eden has started up an exciting, easy-to-use forum with a fun gaming element.

The Green Talent site gives young people aged 14 to 19 the chance to interact with the lovely staff here at Eden, Kew and RSPB, as well as representatives from a range of other businesses to find out about careers and expand their understanding of low-carbon and sustainable organisations. The forum also encourages teachers and individuals to join to offer their advice.

We think the more interaction and advice given the better! That’s why the Green Talent website offers a system of points, this rewards users who choose to help young people out. People can then go on to spend these points on a Green Talent project of their choice.

Sim Stewart, co-founder and managing director of Cofacio, who collaborated on the development of the site, said: ‘We are delighted to work with Green Talent on this new initiative. Informal learning is a growing concept within education and development, and we are proud to be able to work on a new community-driven project that truly harnesses the knowledge of young people today.’

Gaynor Coley, the Eden’s Project managing director, said: “The next phase of Green Talent sees us taking this important partnership with RSPB and Kew forward to create the opportunity for young people to see how they can bring their relationship with the environment to the workplace and create a better future for all”.

How it works

1. People join the forum
Individuals set up a mini profile and tell the forum what they need help with.

2. Others provide answers
Everyone’s an expert in something, so the forum encourages people to share their experiences to help others.

3. People find a mentor
People can browse the mentor map and look at profiles to find people who may be able to offer career help and support in a chosen field.

4. People support projects
As people take part and spend time in the forum they earn points that they can then donate to support a good cause.

Testimonials

We’re proud to say that, although only recently launched, the Green Talent site is already helping people out.

  • ‘It’s, like, changed the whole way that I think…now I know I can do something.’
    Student, 17
  • ‘I learnt things here that I wouldn’t have learnt anywhere else.’
    Student, 16
  • Daisy, a student from Cambridge University asks: ‘What sort of skills and experience do graduates need in order to lead the transition to a low carbon economy?’
  • Smita, a student from Loyola College asks: ‘I want to work for conservation of endangered species of orchids with financial help. Please guide me about orchid specialists who have similar interests.’

Daisy and Smita have already received a range of replies linking them to various helpful resources and organisations. These are just a few examples but Green Talent aims to help as many young people as possible.

Get involved

Join up today on the Green Talent website to seek or give advice yourself!

By Sophie Watson

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How to make origami water bombs

August 17, 2011
Author: Mikki


As part of our Festival of Play season, we’re offering loads of ideas for games and activities on the themes of outdoor play and circus fun to keep your kids occupied this summer.

Not only are these water bombs fun to make but great fun to use! Get the whole family involved and see how wet you can get! Recycle old and used paper but be careful when using newspaper as it doesn’t hold the water for long so you’ll have to be quick!

Some of the stages can be a little tricky but  keep trying as the result is worth it! As with all origami, you must make sure your creases are strong and straight as this will make it easier when trying to fold your bombs together.

As you can see, we have made water bombs in all different sizes and using different bits of old paper. The smaller you make your bomb the fiddlier it gets, so we suggest starting with a piece of paper measuring at least 20cm x 20cm. Download your ‘how to’ activity sheet here: How to make an origami water bomb (PDF)

 

 

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