Eden by Tim SmitWith passion and commitment thousands of small people built Eden as a symbol of hope in action...We may all have feet of clay, but that shouldnt stop us trying to make a difference....We say, Demand the impossible. So said Tim Smit and thus was the impossible delivered: a living theatre of plants and people and their interdependence, housed in a disused china clay pit and featuring the worlds largest greenhouses.
Since Eden opened in 2001, well over ten million visitors have made their way to Eden, drawn by the astonishing, visionary ambition of its founders, the everchanging horticulture and new developments on-site. More have discovered it as an extraordinary music venue, attending Edens sessions. But Eden is far more than a visitor attraction. It has mutated into an organisation with projects and partnerships all over the world concerned with rehabilitation (physical and social), community education, biodiversity, sustainable construction, green employment and town planning.
Marking the 10th anniversary, this edition is the extraordinary, fully updated story of Eden complete with stunning new photographs.
Built to last: The dream geodesic dome One day in , the American industrialist Henry J Kaiser commissioned a geodesic dome to be built in Honolulu. The same day, he jumped on a plane to watch the work in progress. By the time he arrived, the construction was finished and he hosted a concert the very same night. The Eden Project involved more effort and took more time: almost two and a half years. Then again, it's also likely to stay standing longer. A double-layered structure of tubular steel, connected by spherical nodes and created by a computer, forms the basic shape of the globe.
Download the article KB. Adisused clay pit in Cornwall is now home to two massive, state-of-the-art greenhouses, a seat amphitheatre and extensive visitor facilities. It is a non-profit, charitable, scientific organisation with a commitment to communicate with the public through entertainment, education and involvement. The rest has been contributed by numerous organisations and individuals. Already over , visitors have been to the partially open site and seen the giant greenhouses under construction; this augurs well for the future of the project, which has to fund itself after the official opening in May. Initially, the brief stated the project must be located in Cornwall, for a number of reasons: the mild climate is unmatched in Europe; it is an area of high unemployment which will benefit from the presence of the project; a number of sites could be identified which were relatively easy to access by road and rail and were close to centres of population. After reviewing the available sites over a two-year period the Bodelva Pit was chosen, located about 5 km east of St Austel.
Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species ,  and each enclosure emulates a natural biome. The biomes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal , inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The largest of the two biomes simulates a rainforest environment and the second, a Mediterranean environment. The attraction also has an outside botanical garden which is home to many plants and wildlife native to Cornwall and the UK in general; it also has many plants that provide an important and interesting backstory, for example, those with a prehistoric heritage. There are plans to build an Eden Project North in the seaside town of Morecambe , Lancashire, with a focus on the marine environment.
Eden Project: How the Eden Project biomes were built
Skip to main content. Visitors can learn to live in harmony with their environment. In the story, the garden provided everything the couple needed, and they lived there in peace and happiness until they were banished for breaking the rules. It is not unusual for people involved in the music business to alert us to environmental and political issues. Bob Geldof the singer from British punk band The Boomtown Rats raised a huge amount of money to help feed millions of starving people in Africa in , Bono from U2 has been successful in campaigning for the reduction of debts which developing countries owe to rich nations, and the music festival at Woodstock in is seen by many as the culmination of the civil rights marches and anti-war protests of the s. The modern world is a far cry from the balance and harmony of the Garden of Eden. These activities are not sustainable, that is, the planet is unable to survive if we continue to take more from the earth than it can replace.