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Guy Laliberté - GAIA
August 2nd - October 1st, 2012

GAIA is the latest tour de force of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil® and first-ever private space explorer to publish a book chronicling his photographic journey. Here in more than 300 pages, Laliberté presents stunning photographs of the Earth taken from 220 miles away during an eleven-day trip in space, with unique views of nearly forty countries. Documents both rare and captivating, his images are natural works of art, rich in color and texture. GAIA showcases the planet we inhabit as it has never been seen before.

Guy Laliberté was born in Québec City. An accordionist, stilt-walker, and fire-eater, he founded Cirque du Soleil, Québec's first internationally renowned circus, with the support of a small group of colleagues. A bold visionary, Laliberté recognized and cultivated the talents of the street performers from the Fête foraine de Baie-Saint-Paul. He was the first to orchestrate the marriage of cultures and artistic and acrobatic disciplines that is the hallmark of Cirque du Soleil. Since 1984, he has guided the creative team through the creation of every show. Today, Cirque du Soleil is a sprawling international operation, as much in terms of its makeup as in the scope of its activities and influence. Guy Laliberté now heads an organization with activities on five continents.

Laliberté dedicated his personal spaceflight to raising awareness about water issues facing humankind, making his the first "Poetic Social Mission" in space. Proceeds from the sale of Gaia benefit ONE DROP.

www.onedrop.org

Tibet, Duli Shihu Lake
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Tanzania, Ol Doinya Lengal Volcano
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Russia, near Pospelinkha
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Idaho, Yellowstone National Park
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Chad, Sahara Desert Near Fada
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
California, Mount Shasta
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Algeria, near Hassi Messaoud
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Algeria, in the northernmost region of the Sahara Desert
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Kazakhstan, on the border of Lake Tengiz
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Algeria, Sahara Desert near Hassi Messaoud
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Mongolia, western region, Lake Har Us Nuur
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Tibet, northen region, near Lake Yanghu
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Turkey, The Euphrates River
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Kazakhstan, Caspian Sea
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Mali, above Dianké
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Kazakhstan, near Zhanatas
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Chad, Sahara Desert, near Faya Largeau
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Sudan, Sahara Desert,
northern region

2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Africa, clouds above the Republic of Angola
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Mongolia, Chikokon, on the border of Russia
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Canada, Ontario, James Bay Fort Albany
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Indian Ocean, Australia,
west of Perth

2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
United States, off the coast of Florida
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Libya, near Zarzaitine
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Russia, Sea of Azov,
Dolzhanskaya point

2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Kazakhstan, Balkhash Lake
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Algeria, Sahara Desert
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
China, Qaidam basin,
aquaculture

2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
United Arab Emirates, Gulf of Oman
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Algeria, south of Alger,
Sidi Bakhti

2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Egypt, Sahara Desert, near the border of Libya
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
China, Hotan region
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Iran, in the south of Bezanjan
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Chad, Sahara Desert, north of Faya Largeau
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
Sudan, Sahara Desert, north of Al Qadarif
2009
Colour Print
72" X 108" Limited edition of 3
40" X 60" Limited edition of 8
30" X 45" Limited edition of 15
20" X 30" Limited edition of 25
United States, Arizona, north of Phoenix
2009
Colour Print
108" X 72" Limited edition of 3
60" X 40" Limited edition of 8
45 " X 30" Limited edition of 15
30" X 20" Limited edition of 25
Kazakhstan, north of Karakur
2009
Colour Print
108" X 72" Limited edition of 3
60" X 40" Limited edition of 8
45 " X 30" Limited edition of 15
30" X 20" Limited edition of 25
United States, Oklahoma, fields near Hardesty
2009
Colour Print
108" X 72" Limited edition of 3
60" X 40" Limited edition of 8
45 " X 30" Limited edition of 15
30" X 20" Limited edition of 25
Turkmenistan, near Koimat
2009
Colour Print
108" X 72" Limited edition of 3
60" X 40" Limited edition of 8
45 " X 30" Limited edition of 15
30" X 20" Limited edition of 25
Kazakhstan, East of Baikonur
2009
Colour Print
108" X 72" Limited edition of 3
60" X 40" Limited edition of 8
45 " X 30" Limited edition of 15
30" X 20" Limited edition of 25
Tibet, lake in the Xizang region
2009
Colour Print
108" X 72" Limited edition of 3
60" X 40" Limited edition of 8
45 " X 30" Limited edition of 15
30" X 20" Limited edition of 25
   

 

Gaia – Collector's Edition Books :

GAIA is a contemplative tribute to the beauty and the fragility of the Earth. For all generations, all nations, all origins, all backgrounds, this book is a common thread around a worldwide need – preserve our Earth – transcending all our differences: cultural, ethnic, religious...The project consists of three distinct editions of a book showcasing artistic photographs taken by Guy during his Poetic Social Mission in Space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), in 2009. Laliberté's documentation of his experience in space features his photographs of Earth as seen from the ISS. Captivated by the beauty of the surface of the Earth, Laliberté's evocative photos show the colors and textures visible only 220 miles away. A stable subject and a moving photographer-the ISS is moving at 17,500 miles per hour (about 5 miles per second), doing 6 tours of the earth every 24 hours–made for truly original conditions. Using the Nikon D3S and Nikon D3X digital-SLR cameras, deserts resemble contemporary abstract paintings, cities rise up like mini-mountain ranges, and faces and figures are revealed in nature.

Proceeds from book sales go to Laliberté's One Drop Foundation, a non-profit organization created to fight poverty worldwide by ensuring that everyone across the planet has access to water, now and in the future.

 

GAIA
 

 
GAIA
BY GUY LALIBERTÉ
FOUNDER OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

ISBN: 9782759405343
HARDCOVER
9.5" X 12.75"
304 PAGES, 149 IMAGES

 
 

Gaia, Special Edition
 

 
GAIA, SPECIAL EDITION
BY GUY LALIBERTÉ
FOUNDER OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

ISBN: 9782759405336
HAND-BOUND SPECIAL EDITION
LINEN PRESENTATION BOX
FEATURING A FOUR-COLOR METALLIC PLATE
13.97" X 13.04"
168 PAGES, 101 IMAGES, 12 GATEFOLDS

Gaia, Limited Edition
 

 
GAIA, LIMITED EDITION
BY GUY LALIBERTÉ
FOUNDER OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

HARDCOVER WITH MULTILEVEL
TOPOGRAPHIC EMBOSSING
HAND-BOUND, PRINTED ON
AQUARELLE PAPERAND
PRESENTED IN A LINEN
CLAMSHELL CASE
17" X 24" / 178 PAGES
25 GATEFOLDS / 90 ILLUSTRATIONS    


 

 
"This isn't just an astounding book, it's an astounding personal feat: one of the first ever private space explorers!" - Harpers Bazaar

 
This exclusive hand-bound artist's edition features a topographically embossed cover and is presented in a linen clamshell case. Proceeds from the book benefit Laliberté's One Drop foundation, which aims to eliminate poverty by providing access to clean water.

For the Artist Edition offered at CAN $7,000 / US$7,000 / €5,000 / £4,500, an amount of CAN $4,500 (US$4,500 / €3,148 / £2,949) will be given to One Drop as a charitable donation. A receipt for the amount of CAN $4,500 (US$4,500 / €3,148 / £2,949) will be issued to the buyer. This applies in the four countries where the Foundation is currently registered, namely Canada, the United States, Britain and France

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