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Around the World with Ai Weiwei: Artist’s ‘Visionary Globe’ on the Block for Charity

Ai Weiwei, Michael Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, and Puma CEO-turned-PPR Chief Sustainability Officer Jochen Zeitz are among the dozen “Visionaries” that Condé Nast Traveler will celebrate (along with its 25th anniversary) next week at a gala in New York City. The globe-trotting magazine asked each of the honorees, selected for “shaping the world in which we travel and striving to make it a better place to live,” to make their mark on the traditional school globe for an online benefit auction that kicks off today on CharityBuzz.

Bidding is open until September 25 for globes customized by Visionaries including Richard Branson, Christy Turlington Burns, Nicholas D. Kristof, Somaly Mam, Okello Sam, and Susan Sarandon. Water.org founder Gary White tapped designer Annie DeGraff to cover his globe in Keith Haring-esque squiggles to show the unifying essence of water, while actress Olivia Wilde created a globular tribute to Haiti out of paper mâché, palm fronds, and feathers. Ai Weiwei made this bold gesture with yellow paint. Proceeds from the sale of his globe will go to Ye Haiyan, an advocate for the rights of China’s sex workers and AIDS victims, who runs the Fuping Health Workshop in Yulin, Guangxi.

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