Created for CNN in advance of the COP17 Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, Ecosphere utilizes the WebGL capabilities of modern browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari to create a globe populated with trees that grow in realtime.
Every tweet tagged with hashtag #COP17 stimulate growth in a plant or tree in the Ecosphere that represents a certain topic, such as sustainability. The Ecosphere constantly listens to the global conversation on Twitter. Every new tweet tagged with hashtag #COP17 is brought into the environment, scanned for keywords and then grouped with similar contributions, connecting input from around the world, and building conversations within the dynamic environment.
Ecosphere culminated in Durban with an installation piece at the COP17 Conference which rendered the globe as a 3D holographic image.