Artist travels to Glasgow from Germany for Cop26 inside 6ft sphere

Artist rolls into Glasgow inside a 6ft metal sphere for Cop26 after three-month journey from Germany to highlight climate change

  • The German artist walked from Paderborn to Glasgow in 25-stone giant steel ball
  • Arnd Drossel, 53, made steel sphere with son, which is just over two metres tall
  • Resembling a hamster ball, the sphere is made up of interconnecting cables
  • Environmentalist Mr Drossel arrived in Scotland on eve of Cop26 conference

This is the moment a German artist rolled into Glasgow inside a 6ft steel sphere after a three-month tour to encourage people to live sustainably.

Arnd Drossel, 53, made the 25-stone (160kg) sphere, which resembles a hamster ball, to travel from his hometown of Paderborn in Germany to the Scottish city in time for the Cop26 climate conference.

He embarked on the project titled ‘My Promise Mother Earth’, which saw him speak to hundreds of people during his 91-day walk and ask them to make a promise to live ‘more sustainably’.  

The environmentalist, left his home in Paderborn in July after creating the wheel with his son, and travelled over 900 miles through Europe, the UK and Northern Ireland to raise awareness of his campaign – arriving in Glasgow on Sunday, which is when the footage was taken.

German artist, Arnd Drossel, 53, walks around Glasgow in the six foot steel ball, that represents a hamster ball

The environmentalist walked to more than 60 cities and travelled over 900 miles through Europe, the UK and Northern Ireland

Mr Drossel walked around the city in the heavy steel ball, which he said is not as ‘easy’ as it looks because you are controlling the weight of the entire sphere in your legs

The sphere is made up of many interconnecting cables to represent the interconnected nature of our existence. 

Mr Drossel  said he wanted to get as many promises as possible for the ‘future of our children’ and hoped to have one million by the time he reached Glasgow.

He said: ‘Three months ago I started off from our home town Paderborn, and have passed through more than 60 towns since then, wandered through seven countries with the sphere and have invited hundreds of people to give a promise for more sustainability. 

‘And yeah, our motto is really to make it easy with a single promise for the future of our children. 

‘And I invite you all… I actually wanted to have gathered one million promises by the time I got to Glasgow, and we don’t have anywhere near that, but of course this is just the beginning for many, many promises and many people who feel united in the promise walk. 

‘Let’s protect and shape our future together, and let’s get the ball rolling.’ 

He was caught on video walking around Glasgow in the steel ball and the artist said that it’s not as ‘easy’ as it looks because you are controlling the weight of the sphere in your legs.  

Mr Drossel, who made the 25-stone (160kg) steel ball with his son, said the design is made up of many interconnecting cables to represent the interconnected nature of our existence

The artist has spoken to hundreds of people during his three-month walk, for the project titled ‘My Promise Mother Earth’, to get people to live more ‘sustainably’ 

Mr Drossel said: ‘I started my walk inside of this sphere from Germany up to Glasgow to unite people. 

‘I built this sphere with my son. It’s 160 kg so it’s not so easy to walk inside, because you feel the weight of the sphere in your legs.’  

‘I walked to more than 60 cities, met hundreds and, maybe thousands of people and talked with them in the last three months, that we can feel united when we all take care of our future.’ 

Mr Drossel, who has five children with his wife, is one of the many activists who have attended the Cop26 climate conference.   

Huge queues built up outside Cop26 today while delegates waited to get into the event as climate protesters plotted chaos and Greta Thunberg said sometimes you have to ‘p*** people off’ to protect the environment. 

He is seen speaking to people whilst he walks around Glasgow in the heavy sphere, and admitted he has gathered hundreds of promises during his long journey from people willing to tackle climate change

Mr Drossel, who has five children with his wife, said it is important to live sustainably for the sake of ‘our children’ and their future

Attendees waited outside the Scottish Event Campus where thousands of officers were in place and erected a ring of steel as representatives of 200 nations gather to thrash out a deal to try to limit global warming to 1.5C.

Delegates have already needed to go through a detailed accreditation process, including getting an official letter stating they are registered and using an app to verify their visual ID. They must also present evidence of a negative Covid lateral flow test from today.

But those arriving at the SEC today were confronted with enormous queues at various layers of security – starting with the gates checking letters, then security screening, and then to pick up accreditation passes in person. 

Boris Johnson is kicking off the summit today exhorting world leaders to back up their climate change talk with action – warning it is ‘one minute to midnight’. 

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