George Bizet, in an article written in the Leith Observer in 1898, saw the tower as "an essay towards exhibiting things in their mutual relationships". Importantly, it was a visual essay rather than a written one and thus accessible to all. Bizet rejoiced at the prospect of the tower ushering in a new direction in education.
The world has to show the unity of the earth, not to mention that it is inhabited by a story. In geography, the man is intimately connected with the earth, we find this concern in its architectural design. His globe may not be a static monument. It will be enriched by documents intended to complement and animate it. Views, photographs, prints, drawings or relief maps will bring the complement of life that can not be expressed directly on the globe. It is a kind of "map picturesque of the earth" it is to show the visitor, with categories of images that are very much in the style of the period: monuments, picturesque views and scenes ethnographic. Classic images that echo the engravings ofNew Universal Geography: "Thousands of views, landscapes and types of men and animals, scenes will be placed in the diorama features moving in the inside panels of the envelope, same face shapes corresponding geographical figured on the convexity of the globe. And we will see all the manifestations of life on earth, which we will cross the eye scopes. We shall see come to life, change and harmony will be in our imagination between the earth and its phenomena of any kind, its plants and inhabitants.
Unlike a map that offers a static image, the visit to the globe is already some experience of the world. All information would be updated, the globe, the summary of global knowledge and will be a site of living knowledge. Reclus wanted to represent the state of geographical science any time when people would come to study and visit the monument.
The Monument would be a working tool rather than a fairground attraction, rather than a museum it should be seen as a library of real world information. A cutting edge library where visitors can pick out what ever interests them and come away with a new piece of wisdom or knowledge artifact based on observations.
The Grand Globe project is in great continuity with the educational tool offered by Patrick Geddes known as the Outlook Tower. (Chabard, 2001).
Relations between Patrick Geddes and Elisee Reclus were both numerous and fruitful.
attractions made for Expo 1900 is finally a real counterpoint to the project designed by Reclus. All the achievements that give a certain image to see the earth at the same time offer a playful and exciting. Around the world, a sort of human zoo, presents a survey run by indigenous costumes that leave staring at natural settings representing all countries in the world (Neurdein, Baschet, 1900). In Cinéorama, "the most wonderful synthesis of great spectacles of nature," the audience, placed on a platform contained a basket ball, watching a climb on screens located all around them (Paris Exhibition, 1900 ). Another type of trip is offered by the Maréorama reproducing the illusion of cruise visitors sit in rocking chairs placed on the deck of a ship in motion. Images of the crossing of the Mediterranean are accompanied by a brisk wind and iodine. Finally, it is through the doors of a luxury car on the Trans-Siberian travelers are virtual scrolling landscapes from Moscow to Beijing. Movements vibrations make a little more the illusion of a real journey (Book of World Fairs, 1983).
Painted canvas, mobile, movies, animations, the Exhibition of 1900 unfortunately emphasizes movement and leaves little room for reflection and study.
Georama definition: a large globe or sphere in which a spectator can stand and view a representation of the earth’s surface.