Ian buried the planet on April 2nd, 2016 at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait.
Description by Michelle:
Ian and I have been best friends since 2009, and last year we started dating long distance because he was stationed in San Diego. He is a Marine and is currently deployed in Kuwait at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base. While he is off serving our country, I’m finishing my senior year of college in Maryland, our home state. The package containing the Infinity Project planets was the last package I got to send to him before he is slated to head back to the States. Ian burying the planet is like leaving the mark of our love on the world.
~In a world full of strife, let there be love.~
Michele aboard the USCGS Healy
"On July 1, I set sail on a research expedition to the Arctic lead by University of Alaska to make a documentary called Microcosm featuring discovery about biodiversity and the impacts of climate change. This expedition will be an exciting opportunity for discovery and we will be sailing under the Explorers Club flag. It is a great honor to incorporate your infinity project into the media stories we will be documenting to share with the world. Part of the focus in my film is to celebrate the links between art and science."
"The "lens planet" stayed in RI..(not sure for how long). The blue planet made it's way to a bird's nest from the Delmarva Eastern Shore."
Providence, RI is a special place for Mary. Her daughter went to school there. She has now launched a career designing toys for children with disabilities to help bridge the gap that separates them from playing with friends and family. Also, Mary's dear friend who was very instrumental in supporting her lived there. It's full of memories and she doesn't know when she will return.
Heather Tower and the Northfield Troop 9
"Last month you kindly awarded Heather Tower of Northfield MA two Infinity Globes in memory of her husband and our Boy Scout leader, Steve Tower. Last week we placed the globe in his honor at the top of Baldy Mountain in Cimarron New Mexico at a high adventure Boy Scout camp called Philmont Scout Ranch. I’ve attached pictures of where we put the globe as well as the view from its hiding place. If you want to mark its place on your online map, the coordinates are 36 degrees, 37’49” N by 105 degrees, 12’45”W at 12, 420 feet above sea level, just a bit north east of Taos New Mexico.
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to honor our much-beloved friend, leader and colleague with this unique memento."
Northfield Troop 9
Dick and Loche Kline
"It shows the great time that we had, along with our daughters, Amber and Mitzi and two granddaughters, Savannah and Noelle, as we hid one of Josh's lovely Infinity Planets.
It was a beautiful summer day. We gathered at 26900 State Route 104, Circleville, OH. First of all we tromped thru a large rolling pasture heading west. We dodged numerous "cow pies" and jumped a couple of waterways. Mitzi sunk half way to her knees in a small bog of mud and manure, which had everyone in hysterics!!! We took along two long corn knives, knowing that we'd have to climb a fence and go thru underbrush as we neared the "secret look-out area" above the Ohio Erie Canal and the Scioto River where our 3 girls hung out over 25 years ago! There we found a soft area close to the base of large tree, where we dug a shallow hole and buried the Infinity Planet. Lots and lots of memories were shared and stories told both as we hiked and throughout the remainder of the day.
We can't thank you enough for entrusting us with the privilege of participating in your great Infinity Planet project. It's hard to say if it'll be a future farmer, explorer, archaeologist, or child at play who might discover that amazing sphere and wonder about it, but we certainly would like to be a "bug on that tree" watching when that day comes!!!"
Terry and Robyn Sullivan
"We just returned from Vietnam and had a wonderful adventure full of unique experiences, saw many fascinating and beautiful places, and met some special and friendly people. We had the opportunity to hike between traditional villages and go into their homes, meet the artisans and watch them create textiles, and see how they live. We were almost through the village looking for a suitable place to hide the planet when we saw this Hmong shop full of beautiful hand-made textiles with a child playing in a basket of corn. We bought some traditional children's embroidered hats from the Mother, and I distracted the child while Terry quickly and surreptitiously buried the planet. As you see, it didn't take him long to find it! We're sure his Mother will be surprised when she sees him playing with something so beautiful and will wonder where it came from. There are some photos attached of the Black Hmong of Lao Chai village, the valley we trekked through to the village, Terry with the planet, hiding it, then the discovery and a photo of the boy's Mother. Thanks again for letting us share a planet with these lovely people halfway around the world!"
"The planets have traveled to their new home in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Our son who is a lot taller than I put one in a crevice of a sacred banyan tree at the Royal Park Rajapruek. It's a beautiful botanical garden built to commemorate the 60th year of the king's reign. It has a lovely temple, many gardens and exhibits and an agricultural research center.
The other will stay with our darling granddaughter Georgia Lanna to remind her to be creative and adventurous and to care for our beautiful planet."
William Farmer and Family
"We had a great holiday in Vietnam and I have attached some photos from our adventure! One with us arriving at the stilt house with our son-in-law Terry Sullivan (who placed a planet in Lao Chai village with the Black Hmong), one of my wife Kay and I in our bedroom in the stilt house, one of the planet pre-placement, one of me putting it in the hiding place and a photo of the location. The planet is wedged in the family altar in our stilt house bedroom between the Gods of Land and Prosperity which protect the house. No doubt the wonderful, friendly White Thai family we stayed with in Poong Coong village will find it when they do altar duty. Thanks for making my 80th birthday year extra special! "
It's been approximately 2 weeks since return from the beautiful Canadian Rockies. There were at least two dozen places that were worthy of the Infinity Globe placement. My first choice was the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Ice Field, District #12, Alberta, Canada. That plan was denied by the authorities, I did snap a couple photos anyway. The second and more pristine of the choices was Spirit Island within Maligne Lake, AB a most beautiful site. Lat 52.643407 Long -117.492523.
Rona, Harvey, Jason, and Sydney Tananbaum - July 2016
Four members of our family had a wonderful opportunity to travel to South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana in July and August, 2016. Grandparents Rona and Harvey accompanied first cousins Jason and Sydney as part of the celebration of their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs this past year. Highlights of our trip were photo-safaris where we saw fantastic wildlife as well as the opportunities we had to meet wonderful people from all over the world. As depicted in the attached pictures, Sydney decided to send her globe on a voyage down the Zambezi River entering at the base of Victoria Falls and flowing to destinations unknown, while Jason hid his planet on a walkway to the lodge at the Islands of Siankaba in Zambia. Our thanks to the Infinity Project for making this trip even more meaningful and memorable for our family.
ps: The lion cubs had no role in the hiding of our planets, but they were so cute that we wanted to share their picture with visitors to this website.
At my father's funeral my mother commented that she was so pleased to see he was buried under a tree. That tree has been the subject
of many of my poems. I consider "Leaf Sorrow, Tree Strong" my signature poem and when I publish my poetry, the title of my book.
So . . . on my 82nd birthday I went to my parent's grave , read "Leaf Sorrow, Tree Strong" and buried my Infinity Planet between their headstones.
"Rock Cut ledge - Phoenicia (Mt. Tremper) New York. Not as pretty as usual because the water is so low. Was a fun thing to do - visiting places where I grew up. Thanks for giving me the “excuse” to make the drive!" - Margie
Mary Lou Forward
"My friend Diane and I returned from our birthday celebration trip to Provence. It was easy to see why people find it so compelling.
We picked the Fontaine de Vaucluse as the place to hide the planet. It's a small medieval town in a valley at the foot of high cliffs in central Provence. The town's name comes from the spring at the head of the valley, which is more than 900 feet deep and is the source of the Sorge river. We hid the planet in the gardens below the ruins of a 14th century castle, where the water creates pools that are crystal clear. Aquatic plants swirl in the tumbling water to make green/blue patterns reminiscent of the mini-planet. The contrasting colors, cool water and peaceful atmosphere make this a calming, reflective and inspirational place. "
"I have finally found a hiding spot for our Infinity Planet inside theCanadian Clay & Glass Gallery's permanent collection vault. As Curatorial Assistant responsible for managing the collection, I smile with glee now that our red goblet by Josh has a new secret friend. I can't help but imagine what some future Registrar will think when they discover the undocumented Infinity Planet and how it came to be in our collection."
The Keller Family
We received our planet from some friends of ours from another state. Our two boys picked out a spot on some family property in Greenwell Springs, LA next to their campground along the side of a creek. They had a blast burying their treasure and imagining who would find it and how long it will take.