Cultural Geocaching – Life following art ? – v 3.0

Cultural Geocaching – Life following art ?

fat_cellsAn interesting article this morning in the New York Times (article here) Not just for the text which mentioned a mystery for researchers for people who are significantly overweight and yet show none of the usual metabolic red flags. Despite their obesity, they have normal cholesterol levels, healthy blood pressure levels and no apparent signs of impending diabetes.

Researchers call them the metabolically healthy obese, and by some estimates they represent as many as a third of all obese adults. Scientists have known very little about them, but new research may shed some light on the cause of their unusual metabolic profile.

But it was the image that was presented with the article showing the fat cells of an obese person who is metabolically healthy next to the engorge cells of an obese person with metabolic health problems

The two images were side by side.

Now where have we seen that kind of image before?

How about from the artist Linda Braz who was here in Barga if during August as a participating artist in the barganews Cultural geocaching event.


Just have a look at the article here you can see for yourself if the work that she is producing for the geocaching event is similar to the image above.

As you can hear in the short discussion with Linda below the images that which she made on paper were based around bubbles which occur during the cooking process.


GEOCACHING is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing into the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.

The cultural geocaches of Barga are somewhat different as they in fact do contain objects of value.

The caches contain signed original artworks, drawings, charcoal drawings, prints and etchings by 35 artists working in this area.

There are also mini poems and short stories in Italian and Latin

Professional musicians have prepared a series of cards containing QR codes which when scanned by smart phones will play music specially written for the project. The music includes classic, jazz, piano, tango, rock and folk.

The project is an attempt to “raise the bar” on the level of objects which can be found and exchanged in geocaches.

We hope that the people who find these objects will enjoy them as much as we have in preparing them.

All of the articles we have published this year about the cultural geocaching project can be seen here

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