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.~
"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.
"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
"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!!!"
"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."
"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.
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
"My friend Diane and I returned from our birthday celebration trip to Provence. It was easy to see why people find it so compelling.
"I have finally found a hiding spot for our Infinity Planet inside the Canadian 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."
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.
"It's near the highest point of the Wall, which also is about at the midpoint. I found a snug, sheltered spot among the rocks. I'm sure it's offered a haven from storms for both people and sheep over the ages.
The walk has been a little tough at times, but always wonderful. Most of the path goes through sheep paddocks, and since it's lambing season we always have an audience of wobbly legged little guys watching us. The countryside has been beautiful: the Roman ruins, farm houses, small streams and creeks, castle walls, etc."
"My advisor, Dr. Marguerite Keane, is a medieval art historian and she has wanted a labyrinth on campus for a long time. She planned the project with Gabriele Hiltl- Cohen (pictured left) who manages the gallery on campus. Gabriele is a stone carver and she designed the labyrinth and carefully carved each of the stones. Labyrinths are not very popular today but they are extremely special and personal places. Walking a labyrinth is a spiritual journey. They date from ancient times but were adopted by Christians. Many early Christian churches contained labyrinth's on their floors but most of them have been destroyed or covered by pews or chairs. Walking labyrinths is a spiritual art form that has all but disappeared today. The labyrinth on Drew's campus is not meant to be a religious procession but more of a personal journey. It is important to have this on a college campus because as students, we need to take time to relax and reconnect with ourselves. I am so grateful that Drew has the labyrinth and that I was here when it was installed and had its opening. Hopefully generations of Druids (Drew students) will be able to enjoy it as much as I do. I would like to bury a planet in the center of the labyrinth to give it more of a history and some positive energy for its future. I think that the Infinity Project has a lot to do with peoples journeys through life and the places they are connected to and that the labyrinth is a parallel to life's journeys."
"The planet is located in Prague, Czech Republic. I selected to place it in Vyšehrad, an historical fortress in Prague that overlooks the Vltava River, and was where I attended my classes while living in Prague for four months."
Dropped her Infinity Planet into the lake at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge. Wapanocca is just outside the town of Turrell, AR, in eastern Arkansas, not far from the Mississippi River. The lake there is beautiful. Right now it is filling up with lotus pads and blooms!
"The infinity planet is hidden near the Hawa Memorial Savior Hospital within the national headquarters of the Savior Church of Ghana in Osiem in the Eastern Region of Ghana. See the attached photo."
Pictured is Willa and Macy hiding their Infinity Planet in Prata, Italy, right outside the town of Suveretto.
Willa was first introduced to Josh Simpson's planets by her preschool teacher at Deerfield Elementary Preschool during their study of space and planets. Willa was immediately fascinated, and would sit in front of the shelf, transfixed by the collection. The Durrett Family planned a trip to visit Grandparents in Italy. This was Willa's first journey overseas making this a very special adventure for Willa and her family!
Diantha and Phil brought a planet to hide in Truesdale Lake where Josh Simpson and his two brothers Randy and Kim grew up. This was in honor of their Mom, Norma. It was hidden on the day of Norma’s memorial service. Diantha took on the honors of throwing the Planet into the lake where Norma loved to ice skate.
"Here is a picture of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy locomotive 3006 at the Galesburg Railroad museum in Galesburg, IL. I will hint that the planet is near one of the larger wheels on the left side. This locomotive is awe inspiring and I can hardly imagine what it was like seeing those machines back in the old days before my time. Thanks for choosing me for the infinity project and ya'll be sure to visit Galesburg. Home of Carl Sandburg, George Ferris, and one of the largest railyards in the country. Ronald Reagan lived here during his younger days too. If you like history Galesburg has a story to tell."
I moved to Vilseck Germany in March 2014 to welcome home my fiance, Doug, who had been deployed in Afghanistan. We have been living in Vilseck ever since and it has become a very special place for both of us. Part of the charm of the town comes from the farm fields that surround it. I hid the globe in my favorite field in September 2014. I did manage to hide it where the plows wouldn't get to it next spring in hopes that it will stay in this special place for a long time to come!
Winner's of the Essay Contest! From left to right, Gianna Bartlett, Lily Stern and Philana Pantus. Gianna and Philana are 5th graders, Lily is in 4th. Missing from the picture is Makaylee Munger, Grade 4.
(In connection to the city of Westfield's summer celebration, The Universe According to Josh Simpson!)
Kayla Coppolo hiding her Infinity Planet! Congrats to Kayla for winning the 4th grade essay contest!
(In connection to the city of Westfield's summer celebration, The Universe According to Josh Simpson!)
Jim hid his Planet in the Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museum in Saugerties, NY. It was hidden in memory of his step brother, Michael Wiley, who passed away last October at only 19 years of age. Michael was a gifted and talented young man who volunteered at the park. Along with his Planet, Jim also hid a piece of kiln furniture that reads, "In memory of Michael Wiley."
Patrick ended up hiding his Infinity Planet in a deposit of White Clay in a creek bed along the White Clay Creek Preserve in his hometown of Landenburg Pennsylvania. When the water levels rise next spring the planet may become exposed, and anyone who is lucky enough may stumble across it sitting on the bank.
The small Planet received was hidden at the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park on Lake Blackshear December 26th 2013 by Mary Chorn, her daughters Melinda Whiddon and Jill Schwam and four generations of her family.
Nancy's son placed his Infinity Planet in an old structure near a hospital on his base near Herat, Afghanistan. She wonders what journey the planet will travel in the future.
Placed her Infinity Planet in front of the largest spray paint mural in the country by Kobie Solomon at the Russell Industrial Center. The tail is a torch in honor of all the glass shops in the area.
Sheila was able to hide her Infinity Planet on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Old Wishing Well.
The planet is hidden behind the spring at Camp Johny, campsite 11 on the Oswegatchie River, above High Falls. It is nestled in the roots of huge old white pine that was blown down, likely in the microburst of 1995.
Frank buried his infinity planet beneath the shrubs of The Tunnel near Del Mar Mesa. This way, if the area ever burns from a California fire a planet could be found within its ashes.
Sarah discovered a great spot for her infinity planet off the man-made pathway to get to El Paílón del Diablo (the Devil's Couldron) waterfall, which is located in Baños, Ecuador.
Simon and Nicole have hidden their planets at Domboshawa National Park, Mashonaland, Zimbabwe. They dropped it into a circular hole in the granite outcrop, about 200 yards along the footpath before reaching the park's iconic balancing rock.
Warning to beware of things that sting, bite or stick if you dare take a hike here! Tammy still achieved her hike leaving her infinity planet up near Superstition mountain.